Avatar continues to tear it up at the box office, grossing $34.944 million and breaking the record for the top 6th weekend (previously held by Titanic, which grossed $25.239M in its 6th weekend). 20th Century Fox also confirmed that Avatar broke Titanic‘s overseas record — $1.242 billion — over the weekend and broke the worldwide record — $1.843 billion — sometime today (Monday).
Overall, Avatar is at $551.741 million domestically and $1.292 billion overseas for a worldwide cume of $1.844 billion. Head on over the jump for more analysis and the weekend chart.
Among the new releases, Legion was tops this week, debuting in a respectable 2nd place with $17.502M from 2,476 theaters. It finished well ahead of The Tooth Fairy which performed below expectations with a 4th place finish of $14.01M from 3,344 theaters. However, the biggest disappointment of the week came courtesy the Harrison Ford/Brendan Fraser-starrer Extraordinary Measures. CBS Film’s first theatrical release, the film opened in 8th place with a poor $6.013M from 2,549 theaters.
Rounding out the top five was The Book of Eli in third place with a drop of 52% from last weekend with $15.732M ($60.736M domestic cume / $70.736M worldwide cume) and The Lovely Bones in fifth place with $8.418M ($31.243M domestic cume / $38.345M worldwide cume).
Filling out the top 10 was Sherlock Holmes in sixth place with$6.628M ($191.077M domestic cume / $388.077M worldwide cume), Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel moved past $200M with a $6.404M seventh place performance ($204.140M domestic cume / $364.099 worldwide cume) and finally, It’s Complicated was ninth with $5.81M ($98.27M domestic cume / $148.77M worldwide cume) and The Spy Next Door was in 10th place with $4.585M ($18.545M domestic cume).
Weekend Box Office Chart for January 22-24, 2010
||Change from Last Weekend||Theaters|
|3||The Book of Eli||$15,732,493||-50.0%||3,111|
|4||The Tooth Fairy||$14,010,409||NEW||3,344|
|7||Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel||$6,403,504||-44.9%||2,973|
|10||The Spy Next Door||$4,584,524||-52.9%||2,924|