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Weekend Box Office (Jan. 8-10, 2010): 4th Straight #1 for Avatar With $50.31M; $430.85M Domestic, $910.85M Overseas ($1.34B Worldwide)

Now in its fourth weekend, 20th Century Fox’s Avatar grossed a record $50.306 million.  That was down just 26.6% from the week pri0r (by far the best holdover among wide releases).  Avatar now holds the best 2nd, 3rd and 4th weekends in box office history.

Avatar‘s domestic cume stands at $430.847 million — taking 23 days to reach $400, which is the 2nd fastest ever — and is currently #7 on the all-time domestic list.  It also passed Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen as the highest-grossing film of 2009.

Avatar did even better overseas, where it added $150.5 million from 110 countries, which was actually an increase from last weekend.  Overall, Avatar is at $910.848 million oveseas or an incredible $1.342 billion worldwide. Head on over the jump for more numbers and analysis.

The top five was filled out by holdovers Sherlock Holmes ($16.585M / $165.153M cume) and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel ($16.567M / $178.451M cume), newcomer Daybreakers in fourth place with a solid $15.147M and week three of It’s Complicated was fifth place with $11.008 million ($76.37M cume).

Avatar‘s weekend breakdown was: $13.281M on Friday, $21.27M on Saturday and $15.756M  on Sunday.

The film is now within just $169.942M of Titanic‘s domestic record ($600.788M) and continues to have a good shot at both passing that and yes, even Titanic‘s worldwide mark ($1.843B). I estimate that the film will close its run at somewhere between $575-625M domestically and potentially be at over $2B worldwide (domestic and overseas).

Here’s a look at the Avatar vs. The Dark Knight chart I’ve been updating since release [click to enlarge]:

After a peak spread of $101.658M, the gap between the two features (on a daily basis) is now just $10.782 million. I’ll begin posting Avatar vs. Titanic charts within the next few days.

Rounding out the new releases, Universal Pictures’ Leap Year was sixth place with $9.203 million, while Youth in Revolt (from Weinstein/Dimension Films) took ninth place with $6.888 million. The top 10 was rounded out by seventh place finisher The Blind Side with $7.531M ($218.978M cume), Up in the Air in eighth place with $7.159M ($54.801M cume) and The Princess and the Frog in 10th place with $4.651M (est. $92.547M cume).

The weekend chart follows below.

Rank Movie Weekend Gross Change from Last Weekend Theaters
1 Avatar $50,306,217 -26.6% 3,422
2 Sherlock Holmes $16,585,327 -54.7% 3,626
3 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel $16,566,489 -52.9% 3,641
4 Daybreakers $15,146,692 NEW 2,523
5 It’s Complicated $11,007,875 -41.5% 2,955
6 Leap Year $9,202,815 NEW 2,511
7 The Blind Side $7,531,467 -36.8% 2,880
8 Up in the Air $7,159,294 -33.2% 2,218
9 Youth in Revolt $6,888,334 NEW 1,873
10 The Princess and the Frog $4,651,156 -52.7% 2,620

Sources: Box Office Mojo & Deadline Hollywood