Box Office: Avatar Shakes Off Vampires, Youths, and Amy Adams

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Three new studio films opened this week, each hoping to make some sort of dent in “Avatar’s” reign. They didn’t even come close. The horror/sci-fi entry “Daybreakers” came the closeset, but even so it barely sniffed the champ’s jock strap with a $15 million dollar debut, just good enough to give it the fourth spot at the weekend box office, according to studio estimates. Other new films, the Amy Adams romantic comedy “Leap Year” and the Michael Cera coming-of-age drama/comedy “Youth in Revolt” opened at sixth and ninth place, respectively. Two other new indie films, “Crazy on the Outside” and “Sweetgrass” (which only opened in one screen) failed to make any sort of impression on the box office.

In its fourth week, James Cameron’s “Avatar” has already surpassed every film in history except one — Cameron’s own “Titanic”, which after 13 years, still remains the worldwide box office champ of all time at $1.8 billion. “Avatar”, meanwhile, has already raked in $1.3 billion in just four weeks of release, with $900 million of that coming from overseas box office. No surprise, given the nature of the film’s storyline, which would seem to cast a stereotypically evil American military (although they’re weakly referred to as “mercenaries” in the movie) as the bad guys. Foreigners eat that shit up. In week #4, “Avatar” took another $48.5 million, giving it $429 million in the States.

“Avatar’s” $48.5 million easily made it the #1 movie for the fourth straight week, beating out its closest challenger for the last three weeks, Guy Ritchie’s period bro actioner “Sherlock Holmes”, which managed second place with $16.6 million, giving it $165 million in three weeks and $252 million in worldwide receipts. Coming in at #3 was the squeaky “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel”, which was just barely beaten out for the #2 spot by Holmes and Watson. The kiddie CG movie took in another $16.3 million, giving it $178 million in three weeks of release.

Box Office Top 10 (via):

# TITLE WEEKEND RECEIPT TOTAL U.S. BOX OFFICE WEEKS
.1 Avatar $48,500,000 $429,040,000 4
.2 Sherlock Holmes $16,610,000 $165,178,000 3
.3 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel $16,300,000 $178,184,000 3
.4 Daybreakers $15,000,000 $15,000,000 1
.5 It’s Complicated $11,007,000 $76,370,000 3
.6 Leap Year $9,165,000 $9,165,000 1
.7 The Blind Side $7,750,000 $219,197,000 8
.8 Up in the Air $7,100,000 $54,700,000 6
.9 Youth in Revolt $7,000,000 $7,000,000 1
.10 The Princess and the Frog $4,700,000 $92,600,000 7

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  • justjoe

    Those Michael Bay and Roland Emmerich-movies must be heaven for you (just from a political standpoint of course)!? ;-)

  • justjoe

    Those Michael Bay and Roland Emmerich-movies must be heaven for you (just from a political standpoint of course)!? ;-)

  • Irene

    “Foreigners eat that shit up.”

    I don’t know. I just got to comment on this statement becaue it caught my attention. You would consider me as a foreigner since I am not from America, but the success of Avatar overseas, is not because we foreginer “eat that shit up”, at least that’s what I think. The reason why Avatar is so appealing to everyone from all over the world because of its general theme of how we react to nature and the environment, and whether to strive for progress or to uphold values. When I watched it, I only had one thing in mind, Pocahontas.So that’s the reason why I think its such a success, although military shit can be a reasonable theme to be liked too. Anyway, cool review.

  • Irene

    “Foreigners eat that shit up.”

    I don’t know. I just got to comment on this statement becaue it caught my attention. You would consider me as a foreigner since I am not from America, but the success of Avatar overseas, is not because we foreginer “eat that shit up”, at least that’s what I think. The reason why Avatar is so appealing to everyone from all over the world because of its general theme of how we react to nature and the environment, and whether to strive for progress or to uphold values. When I watched it, I only had one thing in mind, Pocahontas.So that’s the reason why I think its such a success, although military shit can be a reasonable theme to be liked too. Anyway, cool review.