Avatar grossed an estimated $42.8 million over the weekend, breaking the record for best 5th weekend ever (previously held by Titanic‘s $30.01M). Avatar was down just 15% from the week prior which for a movie in its 5th weekend in release is remarkable enough, but even more impressive given it lost 137 theaters this weekend (it played in 3,285 theaters).
Overall, Avatar stands at an estimated $493.267 million domestic (#3 all-time) and an extraordinary $1.602 billion worldwide (#2 all-time). Avatar will cross the $500 million mark domestically on Monday, reaching that mark in a new record of 32 days (it took The Dark Knight 45 days to hit $500 million).
Meanwhile, The Book of Eli performed on par with expectations for a 2nd place finish of an estimated $32.77 million from 3,111 theaters. Finishing in third place was Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones which out performed expectations in its first weekend of wide release, with an estimated $17.02 million from 2,563 theaters (est. $17.487 million cume). Head on over the jump for more numbers and analysis.
The only other new release this weekend was the Jackie Chan comedy The Spy Next Door which flopped in sixth place with an estimated $9.6 million from 2,924 theaters.
Moving back to the top five, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel held steady in its fourth weekend, dropping just 30% and finishing in fourth place with an estimated $11.65 million (est. $192.742 million cume), while Sherlock Holmes was down 40% to fifth place with an estimated $9.88 million from 3,173 theaters (est. $180.073 million cume).
Daily breakdown for the top three:
- Avatar: Friday ($10.4M); Saturday ($17.25M / +65.9%); Sunday ($15.15M / -12.2%)
- The Book of Eli: Friday ($11.67M); Saturday ($11.78M / +0.9%); Sunday ($9.32M / -20.9%)
- The Lovely Bones: Friday ($5.736M); Saturday ($6.348M / +10.7%); Sunday ($4.936M / -22.2%)
Looking ahead, Avatar will pass The Dark Knight on the domestic chart probably by next weekend and then Titanic sometime after that, there is no longer any doubt about that (same goes for Titanic‘s worldwide record of $1.842 billion which is also going down). At this point, $700 million domestic is actually a possibility (as is more than $2 billion worldwide). Avatar is performing absolutely spectacularly and amazingly enough — given the initial high amount of hype — is performing above expectations.
Here’s a look at the Avatar vs. The Dark Knight chart I’ve been updating since release [through day 31–click to enlarge]:
Rounding out the top 10, It’s Complicated fell 30% to seventh place with an estimated $7.672 million (est. $88.224 million cume), Leap Year was eighth with an estimated $5.828 million (est. $17.529 million cume), The Blind Side crossed the $225M mark with an estimated $5.555 million in ninth place (est. $226.764 million cume) and Up in the Air finished in 10th place with an estimated $5.458 million (est. $62.831 million cume).
The weekend chart follows below [Note: Post update with Sunday estimates and revised weekend estimates. Original report had been using Sunday projections. Chart will be updated again with the actual box office numbers as soon as they are made available].
|Rank||Movie||Weekend Gross||Change from Last Weekend||Theaters|
|2||The Book of Eli||$32,770,000||NEW||3,111|
|3||The Lovely Bones||$17,020,000||+44,025.5%||2,563|
|4||Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel||$11,650,000||-29.7%||3,296|
|6||The Spy Next Door||$9,600,000||NEW||2,924|
|9||The Blind Side||$5,555,000||-26.2%||2,408|
|10||Up in the Air||$5,458,000||-23.8%||2,107|
Sources: Box Office Mojo