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Weekend Box Office Estimates (Jan. 15-17, 2010 + Jan. 18): Record $54.6M for Avatar, The Book of Eli in 2nd With $38.0M and The Lovely Bones in 3rd With $20.5M

UPDATE: CLICK HERE for final Actual box office data.

Original article follows below

Including the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Avatar grossed an estimated $54.6 million. The number is based on Friday, Saturday, Sunday estimates of $10.4M, $17.25M and $15.15M, respectively, and a Monday projection of $11.8M. In addition to Avatar scoring the biggest 5th weekend of all-time ($42.8M), this 4-day number marks a new record for the Martin Luther King Weekend, easily ahead of the $46.145 million from Cloverfield‘s first weekend back in 2008.

Avatar has also become only the 2nd movie of all-time to hit over $1B overseas (currently at $1.115B), while the domestic tally now stands at $505.067M, #2 all-time and fastest ever to $500M domestic (Avatar did it in 32 days, while it took The Dark Knight 45 days).  Worldwide cume stands at a massive $1.62 billion. Given its current rate, Avatar will beat Titanic‘s worldwide record of $1.843 billion in about a week or so.

Finishing in 2nd place for the 4-day weekend was The Book of Eli (est. $38.02M / est. $32.77M over the 3-day), while The Lovely Bones finished in 3rd place with an est. $20.538M 4-day weekend (est. $17.02M 3-day). Head on over the jump for the charts.

CLICK HERE for final Actual box office data.

Original charts, with estimates, follow below.

Daily Box Office Chart for Monday, January 18, 2010

Rank Movie Monday Gross (Estimates)
Percent Change from Sunday Theaters
1 Avatar $11,800,000 -22.1% 3,285
2 The Book of Eli $5,250,000 -43.7%
3,111
3 The Lovely Bones $3,518,000 -28.7%
2,563
4 The Spy Next Door $3,400,000 +5.6%
2,924
5 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel $3,518,000 -28.7%
2,563
6 Sherlock Holmes $1,845,000 -37.0%
3,173
7 It’s Complicated $1,456,000 -22.2%
2,670
8 Daybreakers $1,400,000 -8.5%
2,523
9 The Princess and the Frog $1,213,000 +15.3%
1,777
10 Up in the Air $1,200,000 -24.5%
2,107
5,111,193

Weekend Box Office Chart for January 15-17, 2010

Rank Movie Weekend Gross (Estimates)
Change from Last Weekend Theaters
1 Avatar $42,800,000 -14.9% 3,285
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
5 Sherlock Holmes $9,880,000 -40.4% 3,173
6 The Spy Next Door $9,600,000 NEW 2,924
7 It’s Complicated $7,672,000 -30.3% 2,670
8 Leap Year $5,828,000 -36.7% 2,512
9 The Blind Side $5,555,000 -26.2% 2,408
10 Up in the Air $5,458,000 -23.8% 2,107

Weekend Box Office Chart for January 15-17, 2010 (+ January 18)

Rank Movie Weekend Gross (Estimates)
Change from Last Weekend Theaters
1 Avatar $54,600,000 +8.5% 3,285
2 The Book of Eli $38,020,000 NEW 3,111
3 The Lovely Bones $20,538,000 +53,145.9% 2,563
4 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel $15,000,000 -9.5% 3,296
5 The Spy Next Door $13,000,000 NEW 2,924
6 Sherlock Holmes $11,725,000 -29.3% 3,173
7 It’s Complicated $9,128,000 -17.1% 2,670
8 Leap Year $6,933,000 -24.7% 2,512
9 Up in the Air $6,658,000 -7.0% 2,107
10 Up in the Air $6,530,000 -13.3% 2,408

Source: Box Office Mojo

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