Weekend Wrap-Up

Christmas Jackpot For Sherlock Holmes, Avatar, and Fox

By John Hamann

December 27, 2009

The boys are informed that Avatar beat them. Holmes is taking it better than Watson.

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The Princess and the Frog finishes seventh, as despite the holiday, the 2-D experience from Disney still gets hit by the 3-D Avatar and Alvin and the Chipmunks. Princess earned $8.7 million this weekend, and dips 29% despite the kid-friendly holiday. This one is getting messy for Disney, as it now has a cume of $63.4 million versus a budget that is likely higher than $100 million.

Nine is the expanding film that appears to be left out in the cold, as the musical can't play with the big boys this weekend. The star-driven Rob Marshall flick earned only $5.5 million from 1,412 venues, and had a venue average of $3,926 as it finished a disappointing eighth over the holiday frame. This is an $80 million film for The Weinstein Company, and if things don't quickly improve, could be the final nail in the coffin for Bob and Harvey Weinstein.

Did You Hear About the Morgans? finishes ninth, as the critically reviled comedy doesn't gain ground over last weekend. The Hugh Grant/Sarah Jessica Parker flick earned only $5 million in its second weekend, off 24% from last weekend. It has a total so far of $15.6 million against a $60 million budget for Sony.


Invictus finishes tenth as it improves slightly from last weekend, and knocks The Twilight Saga: New Moon out of the top ten (victory at last for this writer). The Morgan Freeman/Matt Damon rugby flick earned $4.4 million, and was up 4% compared to last weekend. It has a cumylative so far of $23.4 million.

Overall, the box office sets a record for the biggest three-day frame ever. The former record holder for biggest weekend ever was the frame when The Dark Knight opened, and the top 12 films brought in $253.6 million. This weekend, the top 12 films brought in an unbelievable $264 million, setting the new high water mark. Box office for 2009 crosses the $10 billion mark, and still has four very big earning days to come. No new openers hit screens next weekend, so we should see another big weekend for all of these films over the New Year's frame.

Top Weekend Box Office for 12/25/09-12/27/09 (Actuals)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Actual Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Avatar 20th Century Fox $75,000,000 $75,617,133 - 1.8% $212,711,184
2 Sherlock Holmes Warner Bros. Pictures $65,380,000 $62,390,000 New $62,390,000
3 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel 20th Century Fox $50,200,000 $48,875,415 New $75,589,048
4 It's Complicated Universal $22,114,420 $22,100,820 New $22,100,820
5 The Blind Side Twentieth Century Fox $11,730,000 $11,470,000 + 14.5% $184,127,000
6 Up in the Air Paramount $11,755,000 $11,275,000 +251.2% $24,038,000
7 The Princess and the Frog Walt Disney Pictures $8,683,000 $9,004,610 - 26.1% $63,679,289
8 Nine The Weinstein Company $5,544,000 $5,452,513 +2019.7% $5,830,605
9 Did You Hear About the Morgans Columbia Pictures $5,000,000 $5,000,143 New $15,600,328
10 Invictus Warner Bros. Pictures $4,390,000 $4,045,000 - 3.8% $23,020,000
11 The Twilight Saga: New Moon Summit Entertainment $3,000,000 $3,047,000 - 30.9% $280,970,522
12 3 Idiots Big Pictures N/A $1,645,502 New $2,149,227
  Also Opening/Notables
  The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Sony Pictures Classics $129,980 $334,183 New $334,183
  Police, Adjective IFC Films N/A $19,452 New $26,692
  The Young Victoria $603,866 $645,315 +303.1% $927,963
  CRAZY HEART FOX SEARCHLIGHT $156,000 $159,850 New $324,428
  A Single Man The Weinstein Company $323,000 $352,652 +146.9% $920,532
  The Lovely Bones DreamWorks $38,000 $42,000 - 6.9% $276,000
  The Road The Weinstein Company $429,000 $449,066 - 32.0% $5,879,604
  2012 Paramount $960,000 $994,494 - 54.9% $161,490,680
  Disney's A Christmas Carol Walt Disney Pictures $1,356,000 $1,292,155 - 62.5% $135,888,543
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Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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