Box Office: Avatar Crosses the Billion Dollar Mark in Week 3

James Cameron truly is the king of the world. Or at least, the box office. With his 1997 monster hit “Titanic” still riding the waves of success (it’s $1.8 billion dollar worldwide box office remains the top ticket seller of all time), his follow-up “Avatar” has now officially crossed over the $1 billion dollar mark in just three weeks of release. The sci-fi epic continues its dominant reign at the box office in its third week, taking the top spot with another impressive $68 million haul over the weekend, giving it $352 million dollars Stateside so far, and just a shade over $1 billion in worldwide grosses. I think it’s now safe to say that “Avatar” has met and exceeded all expectations.

With “Avatar” sitting pretty at the top, everyone else was left to fight for the scraps. Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes” came out as the best of the rest, taking the second spot for the second straight week with another $38 million, giving the Robert Downey Jr. starrer $140 million so far in two weeks of release. The film has made $229 million so far in worldwide box office. Not bad, but only mildly cute by “Avatar” standards.

The box office itself was relatively unchanged this week from last week, with “Avatar” on top, “Sherlock Holmes” second, and everyone else bringing up the rear. “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” continues to confound with its third place finish for the second straight week, while the Meryl Streep dramedy “It’s Complicated” continues to hold onto its female audience. Meanwhile, “The Blind Side” and “Up in the Air” switched places, with the Sandra Bullock sports movie reclaiming the fifth spot from “Air” after slipping to sixth place last week. “The Blind Side” also reached its own impressive milestone by taking just enough in its seventh week of release to surpass the $200 million dollar mark.

“The Princess and the Frog”, “Did You Hear About the Morgans?”, “Nine”, and “Invictus” fills out the seventh to tenth spot.

Box Office Top 10 (via):

.1 Avatar $68,300,000 $352,111,000 3
.2 Sherlock Holmes $38,385,000 $140,675,000 2
.3 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel $36,600,000 $157,345,000 2
.4 It’s Complicated $18,700,000 $59,105,000 2
.5 The Blind Side $12,650,000 $209,052,000 7
.6 Up in the Air $11,350,000 $45,020,000 5
.7 The Princess and the Frog $10,013,000 $86,085,000 6
.8 Did You Hear About the Morgans? $5,200,000 $25,620,000 3
.9 Nine $4,250,000 $14,047,000 3
.10 Invictus $4,130,000 $30,755,000 4