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Weekend Box Office Estimates (Jan. 22-24, 2010): Avatar 1st for 6th Straight Weekend

[Update: Click here to see the final actual data for the weekend.]

Original article follows below.

Make it six-for-six for Avatar.  The 3D sci-fi epic from director James Cameron continues to amaze, with yet another 1st place performance this weekend.  The film grossed an estimated $36 million to push its 38-day tally past The Dark Knight for 2nd all-time on the domestic list ($552.797M). It’ll pass Titanic ($600.788M) on the domestic list soon.

However, worldwide, Avatar now stands at an extraordinary $1.836 billion, and is just $7 million away from the worldwide record held by Titanic ($1.843B), which it is now expected to pass tomorrow. Head on over the jump for more box office analysis — including the performances of this week’s new entrants Legion, The Tooth Fairy and Extraordinary Measures as well as the weekend chart.

Topping the new releases this week was Legion, which debuted in a respectable 2nd place with an estimated $18.2M from 2,476 theaters.  It finished well ahead of The Tooth Fairy which underperformed in fourth place with an estimated $14.5M from 3,344 theaters.  But the biggest disappointment of the week came from CBS Films’ first release, the Harrison Ford/Brendan Fraser-starrer Extraordinary Measures.  The film grossed only an estimated $7M from 2,549 theaters.

Rounding out the top five was The Book of Eli in third place with a drop of 48.2%  from last weekend for an estimated $17.0M (est. $62.003M domestic cume / est. $65.003M worldwide cume) and The Lovely Bones in fifth place with an estimated $8.8M (est. $31.624M domestic cume / est. $38.727M worldwide cume).

Filling out the top 10 was Sherlock Holmes in sixth place with an estimated $7.115M (est. $191.564M domestic cume / est. $363.264M worldwide cume), Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel moved past $200M with a $6.5M eighth place performance (est. $204.237M domestic cume / est. $364.195 worldwide cume) and finally, It’s Complicated was ninth with an estimated $6.19M (est. $98.65M domestic cume / est. $149.15M worldwide cume) and The Spy Next Door in 10th place with an estimated $4.75M (est. $18.71M domestic cume).

Weekend Box Office Chart for January 22-24, 2010 [Update: Click here to see the final actual data for the weekend.]

Rank Movie Weekend Gross (Estimates)
Change from Last Weekend Theaters
1 Avatar $36,000,000 -15.9% 3,141
2 Legion $18,200,000 NEW 2,476
3 The Book of Eli $17,000,000 -48.2% 3,111
4 The Tooth Fairy $14,500,000 NEW 3,344
5 Lovely Bones $8,800,000 -48.3% 2,574
6 Sherlock Holmes $7,115,000 -28.1% 2,670
7 Extraordinary Measures $7,000,000 NEW 2,549
8 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel $6,500,000 -44.1% 2,973
9 It’s Complicated $6,190,000 -23.7% 2,301
10 The Spy Next Door $4,750,000 -51.2% 2,924

Source: Box Office Mojo

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