Hollywood Movie Updates
James Cameron’s “Avatar” keeps a hold on the number one spot as the film earns another $36 million and becomes the second highest grossing film domestically with $552,797,418. The film is also on the verge of becoming the highest grossing film of all-time, surpassing “Titanic” and its $1.843 billion total.
Here’s the run-down of IMAX’s 5th weekend of Avatar. The giant screen juggernaut generated another $6.6 mil domestically this weekend (-10%) on 179; this represents approx 19+% of the pictures overall domestic take (up from 17% last weekend). IMAX’s domestic cumulative stands at $87 mil as of this evening.
Internationally, IMAX generated $4.4 mil (-3%) on 82 screens. As of Sunday night, their international total will be $47 mil and their global tally as of tonight will be approx $134 mil after just 38 days of release.
Worldwide All-Time Top 5 through Jan. 24:
Titanic – $1.843B
Avatar – $1.841B and climbing
LOTR: Return of the King – $1.129B
Pirates: Dead Man’s Chest – $1.061B
Dark Knight – $1.002B
In the second spot is another modestly budgeted Screen Gems winner as “Legion” continues their classic formula of combining a strong marketing campaign with high concept to create a profitable film. With $18.2 million already in the till, “Legion” is well on its way to recouping its investment.
Third place belongs to Warner Bros. “The Book of Eli” with $17 million for the weekend against a very respectable 48% second weekend drop and a total domestic gross of $62 million.
Fourth place goes to Dwayne Johnson as Fox’s “The Tooth Fairy” leaves $14.5 million under the pillow and solidifies “The Rock” as a family film favorite. After “Race to Witch Mountain” and “The Game Plan,” it looks like the action star has become also the “go to” guy for the family film crowd.
Finally fifth place goes to “The Lovely Bones” which took in $8 million in its second week of wide release. The Peter Jackson directed film is now at $31.6 million domestically.
Debuting outside of the top 5 is “Extraordinary Measures” starring Brendan Fraser and Harrison Ford. Coming in below expectations, CBS Films is nonetheless encouraged by the films amazing exit poll scores and the potential for great word-of-mouth. $7 million for the weekend put it in seventh place.
Our second “down” weekend in a row as we head into the home stretch of the month. With $893 million in revenue, we still have a shot at only the second billion dollar January at the multi-plex. Up next: Mel Gibson in Warner Bros. “Edge of Darkness.”
1. “Avatar,” $36 million.
2. “Legion,” $18.2 million.
3. “The Book of Eli,” $17 million.
4. “Tooth Fairy,” $14.5 million.
5. “The Lovely Bones,” $8.8 million.
6. “Sherlock Holmes,” $7.1 million.
7. “Extraordinary Measures,” $7 million.
8. “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel,” $6.5 million.
9. “It’s Complicated,” $6.2 million.
10. “The Spy Next Door,” $4.8 million.