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CBS to develop modern-day Sherlock Holmes adapation

Taking a cue from the British Sherlock series, CBS is said to be developing a modern-day based adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes.

According to Deadline, Rob Doherty will write and executive produce with Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly (the duo have “Unforgettable” and “A Gifted Man” airing this fall).

Friday Box Office (1/8/2010): $13.3M for Avatar; Headed For 4th Weekend Record; Daybreakers Tops Among New Releases With $5.9M

Avatar took in a estimated 1st place $13.275 million on Friday, pushing the film’s domestic cume to an estimated $393.815 million through just 22 days of release.  The film is poised to pass $400M domestically today (Saturday) and become the top-grossing film of 2009 this weekend (currently held by Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen at $402.112 million). Worldwide Avatar is at $1.176 billion.

In terms of new releases, Daybreakers finished out on top with an estimated 2nd place $5.9 million.  That was well ahead of the two other new releases Leap Year (#5: $3.315 million) and Youth in Revolt (#7: $2.725 million).

Rounding out the top five, Sherlock Holmes was 3rd with an estimated $5.12 million, followed by Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel in 4th place with an estimated $3.55 million.  More analysis after the jump.

Continue reading Friday Box Office (1/8/2010): $13.3M for Avatar; Headed For 4th Weekend Record; Daybreakers Tops Among New Releases With $5.9M

Weekend Box Office (January 1-3, 2010): Avatar Tops Again With $68.491M, Sherlock Holmes 2nd With $36.612M, Alvin 2 3rd With $35.190M

Heading into the weekend, the record for the biggest 3rd weekend gross for a film was held by 2002’s Spider-ManAvatar was expected to surpass that number this weekend, but the film easily crushed it with an incredible $68.491 million.  That was a decline of just 9.4% over last week’s impressive — and box office best for weekend #2 — $75.617 million.

Avatar‘s domestic tally now stands at a massive $352.115 million.  It crossed the $350M mark in just 17 days (#2 all-time).  Audiences continue to rush to the cinemas worldwide as well, where the film has grossed more than $673.264 million, pushing its worldwide cume to an extraordinary $1.025 billion.  4th all-time on the worldwide list (passing The Dark Knight) and the fastest film ever to $1 billion. 

Avatar is well on the way to passing The Dark Knight for 2nd highest domestic tally ever and has a good shot at passing Titanic on the all-time domestic list.  Regardless, Avatar will hold the #2 worldwide spot, giving James Cameron the two top grossing films of all-time (and the only director to have two $1 billion performers).  I expect the final domestic tally for Avatar to range somewhere between $550 and $625 million. Hit the jump for more analysis, including charts.

Continue reading Weekend Box Office (January 1-3, 2010): Avatar Tops Again With $68.491M, Sherlock Holmes 2nd With $36.612M, Alvin 2 3rd With $35.190M

Weekend Box Office Estimates (January 1-3, 2010): Avatar Crushes 3rd Weekend Record With $68.3M; Passes $350M Domestic in 17 Days; Fastest Ever to $1B Worldwide

UPDATE: The weekend actuals have been posted here.

The records continue to fall. According to studio estimates,  Avatar once again exceeded expectations with an estimated $68.3 million in its third weekend (-9.7%), pushing its domestic cume to an incredible estimated $352.111 million through just 17 days of release (2nd fastest ever to $350 million).  The film also surpassed $1B worldwide over the weekend, which is a record for fastest ever to that mark.  Heading into the weekend, estimates had the film falling between 20-30%.

The daily breakdown is as follows: $25.3M for Friday (+69.5%), $25.8M for Saturday (+2%) and $17.2M for Sunday (-33.3%).  Once again, Fox is being conservative with their Sunday projection, so don’t be too surprised if the final weekend number comes in higher than their estimate.

Avatar smashed the 3rd weekend record by more than 50% (Spider-Man’s $45.036 million)  and continues to be on track to pass The Dark Knight ($533.345 million) and perhaps Titanic ($600.788 million).  I’m confident it’ll zoom past $500 million and my current estimate holds at a range of between $550-625 million.  When all is said and done, director James Cameron will likely have the top two highest-grossing films of all-time.

Rounding out the top three, both Sherlock Holmes and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel had successful 2nd weekends.  Sherlock Holmes was down 38.5% for a 2nd place estimated $38.385 million (an estimated $140.675 million cume), while ‘Alvin 2’ dropped 25.1% for a 3rd place $36.6 million (an estimated $157.345 million cume).

Continue reading Weekend Box Office Estimates (January 1-3, 2010): Avatar Crushes 3rd Weekend Record With $68.3M; Passes $350M Domestic in 17 Days; Fastest Ever to $1B Worldwide

Wednesday/Thursday/Friday Box Office: Est. $25.2M Friday for Avatar; Will Break 3rd Weekend Record With Expected $60-65M

Coming off continued strong weekday performances on Monday and Tuesday, Avatar again grossed more on Wednesday (12/30/2009) and Thursday (12/31/2009) than it did the week before.

The 3D sci-fi epic from director James Cameron grossed $18.466 million on Wednesday (+12% from the Wednesday prior) and an estimated $14.925 million on New Years Eve (+34% from the Thursday prior).  That brought the film’s domestic cume to an impressive $283.811 million through just 14 days of release (all at $10M+).

As expected, Avatar will break the 3rd weekend record — currently held by Spider-Man with its $45.037 million — with an expected $60-65 million. That was guaranteed with its absolutely phenomenal Friday performance of an estimated $25.2 million. By the end of the weekend, Avatar will be between $340-345 million and will have had an incredible 17 straight days with at least $10 million a day (destroying the previous record of 12 straight days).  The film’s current domestic cume is an estimated $309.011 million / $785.204 million worldwide.  More box office analysis below the fold.

Continue reading Wednesday/Thursday/Friday Box Office: Est. $25.2M Friday for Avatar; Will Break 3rd Weekend Record With Expected $60-65M

Tuesday Box Office (12/29/2009): Avatar ($18.291M) Passes $250M Domestic; Alvin 2 ($12.532M) Passes $100M, Sherlock Holmes 3rd With Est. $10.24M

Avatar held steady on Tuesday as it passed the $250 million mark domestically with an impressive $18.291 million.  That’s a decline of just 5.8% from the day prior and an incredible increase of 13.7% from the Tuesday prior. Coupled with last Tuesday’s performance ($16.086 million), Avatar now holds the 2nd and 3rd biggest non-opening Tuesday grosses.

Standing at $250.42 million domestically (and an updated $726.613 million worldwide), Avatar is tied for fifth-fastest in hitting the $250 million domestic mark, doing so in just 12 days.  It also tied a record for most consecutive days at $10 million or above — tied with Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen — and has a very good chance at breaking the tie tomorrow.

Rounding out the top three, the kid-friendly Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel passed the century mark with a solid $12.532 million ($100.218 million cume), while Sherlock Holmes finished slightly behind in third place with an estimated $10.24 million ($83.82 million cume).  Head on over the jump for the daily chart.

Continue reading Tuesday Box Office (12/29/2009): Avatar ($18.291M) Passes $250M Domestic; Alvin 2 ($12.532M) Passes $100M, Sherlock Holmes 3rd With Est. $10.24M

Monday Box Office (12/28/2009): Avatar Grosses $19.418M; 2nd Biggest Non-Holiday Monday Ever

Avatar shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.  The 3D sci-fi epic from James Cameron decreased just 19.9% from Sunday and improved an incredible 18.5% from its first Monday to gross $19,418,139 for the day.

As noted, Avatar now holds the mark for the second-highest non-Holiday Monday in box office history (behind The Dark Knight which grossed $24,493,313 on its first Monday). Total domestic cume for Avatar now stands at $232,129,323 ($642,993,860 worldwide).

Elsewhere in the box office, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel took second place with $12,096,892 ($87,685,940 cume) while Sherlock Holmes was third with an estimated $11.19 million ($73.58 million cume). Head on over the jump to see the daily chart.

Continue reading Monday Box Office (12/28/2009): Avatar Grosses $19.418M; 2nd Biggest Non-Holiday Monday Ever

Weekend Box Office (12/25-12/27): Avatar ($75.617M) Breaks 2nd Weekend Record, Sherlock Holmes 2nd ($62.304M), Alvin 2 3rd ($48.875M)

Avatar had another remarkable weekend for 20th Century Fox.  The 3D sci-fi epic from director James Cameron pulled in an extraordinary $75,617,183.  That’s a new record for a second weekend and down just 1.8% from the weekend prior ($77.025 million). Avatar grossed $23,095,046 on Friday, grew 10.8% on Saturday to $28,274,406 (a new best for the film) and had a better than expected Sunday hold — -14.2% — to $24,247,681.  Domestic cume stands at $212,711,184.

It did impressively overseas as well, adding another $152 million (down just 7.6%) and pushing its overseas total to $410,864,537 ($623,575,721 worldwide).

The second place finisher for the weekend was Sherlock Holmes, which beat expectations with a solid $62.304 million from 3,626 theaters, while  Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel rounded out the top three with a very respectable $48.875 from 3,700 theaters.

Continue reading Weekend Box Office (12/25-12/27): Avatar ($75.617M) Breaks 2nd Weekend Record, Sherlock Holmes 2nd ($62.304M), Alvin 2 3rd ($48.875M)

Avatar Back on Top Saturday & Sunday; Weekend Estimated at $75.0M, Easily Ahead of Sherlock Holmes ($65.38M) and Alvin 2 ($50.2M) [UPDATED: Avatar Adds $145M From Overseas]

Avatar continues its impressive run at the box office.  The film opened the weekend in a solid 2nd place on Friday with an estimated $23.55 million (Sherlock Holmes finished slightly ahead on Friday with $24.775M).  But it managed to build on that Friday performance by 21% on Saturday with a new high for the film of an estimated $28.55 million (the previous high came on opening day: $26.752M).

20th Century Fox is being conservative with their Sunday projection, estimating the film will slide 20% to $22.9 million on Sunday.  That would put the film’s second weekend number at an estimated $75.0 million, putting it just out of reach of The Dark Knight’s second weekend record ($75,166,466).  Avatar stands at $212.268 million domestically / $467.955 million worldwide.  An estimated 2.6% weekend-to-weekend slide is just absolutely phenomenal.  Expectations were for a 20-30% decline in weekend number two.

Update: Overseas numbers are starting to come in, and however spectacular Avatar’s second weekend numbers were domestically, they were even more impressive overseas.  The film added another $145 million or so this weekend from overseas markets, pushing its overseas total to an estimated $405.0 million and its total worldwide number to an estimated $617.3 million.  The film dropped just 12% from foreign markets, that’s incredible enough, but even more impressive given several markets were closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Continue reading Avatar Back on Top Saturday & Sunday; Weekend Estimated at $75.0M, Easily Ahead of Sherlock Holmes ($65.38M) and Alvin 2 ($50.2M) [UPDATED: Avatar Adds $145M From Overseas]

Christmas Box Office Record Falls: Sherlock Holmes First With $24.86M, Followed By Avatar With $23.5M; Alvin 2 In Third With $14.5M

Sherlock Holmes exceeded expectations on Christmas Day with an impressive first place showing of an estimated $24.86 million.  That easily bests the previous Christmas Day record held by Meet the Fockers ($19.54M on Saturday, December 25, 2004)  as well as the Christmas Day Opening day record held by Marley & Me ($14.38M on Thursday, December 25, 2008).

Not to be outdone, Avatar had an absolutely tremendous second Friday with an estimated $23.5M (now second all-time on Christmas Day).  Remarkably, that’s only 12% below its opening day ($26.752 million) and amazingly +1% over its opening day when not including the midnight numbers (which was $3.537 million).

Continue reading Christmas Box Office Record Falls: Sherlock Holmes First With $24.86M, Followed By Avatar With $23.5M; Alvin 2 In Third With $14.5M

Sherlock Holmes Movie Trailer #3

sherlockholmestrailer-110409Warner Bros. has released a third movie trailer for Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes. The trailer comes courtesy MTV, and is available to view after the jump.

Sherlock Holmes hits theaters on December 25, 2009. Continue reading Sherlock Holmes Movie Trailer #3

Comic-Con 2009: Sherlock Holmes Panel Impressions

Here’s a bit from ComingSoon.net’s account of the panel for Sherlock Holmes, which had star Robert Downey Jr. in attendance:

…We’re treated to the basic mystery. A noble, Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong) has been executed and allegedly returned from the dead. Holmes and Watson — who seem rather down on their luck at 221 […]