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Thursday Box Office (1/21/2010)

Avatar grossed $3.945 million on Thursday, an increase of about 4% from the day prior and only -16% below what it did last Thursday (which was better, in terms of percentage hold, from last week’s Thursday-to-Thursday performance). Through 35 days, Avatar stands at $516.797M domestically.  The film will pass The Dark Knight‘s domestic haul ($533.345M) on Saturday. More analysis, including worldwide numbers and the daily chart, after the jump.

Continue reading Thursday Box Office (1/21/2010)

Wednesday Box Office (Jan. 20, 2010)

Although Avatar‘s $3.793 million Wednesday marks the first time the 3D sci-fi epic has dipped below the $4M mark, it was a drop of only 9.5% from Tuesday.  The film’s domestic cume now stands at $512.852M, and it continues to be on pace to pass The Dark Knight ($533.345M) and Titanic‘s $600.788M to become #1 on the all-time best domestic chart. More analysis and the daily chart after the jump.

Continue reading Wednesday Box Office (Jan. 20, 2010)

Tuesday Box Office (Jan. 19, 2010): Avatar Still Strong First With $4.2M

Avatar took in $4.191 million on Tuesday, pushing its 33-day total to $509.059 million.  Including the $1.153 billion grossed overseas, Avatar stands at $1.662 billion worldwide and is in prime position to pass up Titanic‘s $1.843 billion worldwide record within the next two weeks (probably something like 9-12 days).

Finishing in second place for the day was The Book of Eli, which grossed $2.488 million, pushing its domestic cume to a solid $40.926 million through five days of release. Peter Jackson’s  The Lovely Bones rounded out the top three with $948,043 for a 40-day cume of $21.325 million (although all but 5 days were in limited release). Head on over the jump for some more analysis and the daily chart.

Continue reading Tuesday Box Office (Jan. 19, 2010): Avatar Still Strong First With $4.2M

Weekend Box Office: (Jan. 15-17, 2010 + Jan. 18): Avatar 1st With Record $54.4M, The Book of Eli 2nd With $38.4M and The Lovely Bones in 3rd With $19.9M

The actual data didn’t come in too far from the estimates, with Avatar holding onto a solid first place with $54.401 million for the 4-day weekend ($42.786M for the 3-day).  Overall, Avatar‘s cume stands at $504.868M domestic and $1.132 billion overseas for $1.637B worldwide.

In addition to breaking the records for fastest to $500M, best 5th weekend ever and best MLK Jr. holiday weekend ever, Avatar passed the original Star Wars on the domestic chart on Saturday and currently sits at #3 all-time domestic.  Avatar will pass The Dark Knight ($533.345M) within the next week and Titanic ($600.788M) shortly thereafter.  Titanic‘s worldwide record of $1.842 billion will also fall within the next week or two.

Finishing in 2nd place for the 4-day weekend was The Book of Eli with a solid $38.438M ($32.789M for the 3-day), while The Lovely Bones finished in third place with a bit better than expected 4-day haul of $19.91M ($17.005M for the 3-day). The Lovely Bones opened wide this weekend, having previously played in limited release — in just three theaters in NY and LA – for the last five weeks. Total cume for the Peter Jackson film is $20.377M. Head on over the jump to see charts for the 3-day and 4-day weekends, plus Monday on its own.

Continue reading Weekend Box Office: (Jan. 15-17, 2010 + Jan. 18): Avatar 1st With Record $54.4M, The Book of Eli 2nd With $38.4M and The Lovely Bones in 3rd With $19.9M

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.

Continue reading 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

Weekend Box Office Estimates (Jan. 15-17, 2010): 5th Straight No. 1 Weekend for Avatar ($42.8M), Book of Eli 2nd With $32.77M and The Lovely Bones 3rd With $17.02M

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.

Continue reading Weekend Box Office Estimates (Jan. 15-17, 2010): 5th Straight No. 1 Weekend for Avatar ($42.8M), Book of Eli 2nd With $32.77M and The Lovely Bones 3rd With $17.02M

Friday Box Office Estimates (1/15/2010): No. 1 Book of Eli ($11.7M), No. 2 Avatar ($10.4M), No 3. The Lovely Bones ($5.7M)

The Book of Eli had a strong debut Friday night, taking in an estimated first place $11.725 million and joining Sherlock Holmes as the only other film to knock Avatar off the top on any day during its 29 days of release.  However, Avatar‘s (est. $460.867 million cume) equally strong $10.4 million 2nd place finish (down just 22% from the Friday prior) virtually ensures that the film is on pace for a 1st place weekend of around $35-40 million for the 3-day frame and $45-50 million for the 4-day frame.  Book of Eli will finish with about 32-35 million over the 4-day frame.

That would put Avatar at somewhere between $490-500 million by Monday (its 31st day of release). Even if the film doesn’t hit the half-billion mark on Monday, it’ll do it sometime before next weekend, which will still ensure it the new record for fastest to $500 million (currently held by The Dark Knight which took 45 days to reach that mark).  Avatar will also break the record for biggest 5th weekend ever (previously held by Titanic‘s $30.01 million) and possibly the best Martin Luther King weekend ever (currently held by Cloverfield‘s $46.15 million).

Third place went to Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones which expanded to wide release this weekend (+2,560 theaters) and flew past industry expectations of a soft weekend.  The film took in an estimated $5.7 million on Friday for what will equate to about $20-23 million through the 4-day frame. Credit Paramount for a strong advertising push heading into the weekend.  Head on over the jump for more analysis.

Continue reading Friday Box Office Estimates (1/15/2010): No. 1 Book of Eli ($11.7M), No. 2 Avatar ($10.4M), No 3. The Lovely Bones ($5.7M)

The Lovely Bones Movie Trailer

lovelybones-080609DreamWorks Pictures has made available the trailer for Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones, based on the best-selling novel by Alice Sebold about a 14-year-old girl who was murdered but is watching over her family, and her killer, from heaven.  Watch the trailer after the jump.

The Lovely Bones hits theaters on December 11, 2009. Continue reading The Lovely Bones Movie Trailer

First Look at Peter Jackson’s ‘Lovely Bones’

USA Today and Empire have the first images from director Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones.  USA Today also spoke with Jackson, who offered some thoughts about the film:

“It’s God-less in the sense that when Susie dies, she finds herself caught in a place between Earth and heaven — she is in […]