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

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):

.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