Weekend Wrap-Up

Avatar Now A Six Weekend Wonder at the Box Office

By John Hamann

January 24, 2010

Cameron was more anti-Pandora than anyone expected.

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The sequel to Alvin and the Chipmunks arrives in eighth this weekend, after finishing fourth last weekend. Alvin and company brought in another $6.5 million this weekend, its fifth, and dips a large x44% from last weekend's kid friendly weekend. The $75 million film crossed the $200 million mark this weekend, and now has a total of $204.2 million. It's earned a similar amount overseas.

It's Complicated is ninth this weekend as the Meryl Streep comedy begins to slip. Complicated earned $6.2 million this weekend, and drops an excellent 24% in its fifth frame. The Universal film cost the studio $85 million to make and has now earned $98.6 million.

Tenth place just barely goes to Jackie Chan and The Spy Next Door, which slides a tough 51% on its way to a $4.8 million weekend. This kid flick will be a forgotten memory before long, as its current $18.7 million total will indicate. Clearly, no one is looking for dumb movies with action stars embarrassing themselves for children.


Despite finishing in 11th spot, The Blind Side has another solid hold in its tenth amazing weekend. The Sandra Bullock award winner earned another $4.5 million and dropped a very small 19%. Alcon Entertainment's $29 million sports drama has now earned a fantastic $234 million.

Overall this weekend, the box office is still facing off against last year's weird little dominator, Paul Blart: Mall Cop. Last year, Paul Blart held at number one for the second consecutive weekend, taking down Underworld: Rise of the Lycan's debut. The top 12 last year took in $129.5 million, which puts it just behind this year's top 12 tally of $134.9 million. Next weekend, Mel Gibson will try and push Avatar off its perch with Edge of Darkness, and the romantic comedy When in Rome also opens. Mel Gibson hasn't opened a film since 2002's Signs, so it will be interesting to see his affect on the box office.

Top Weekend Box Office for 1/22/10-1/24/10 (Actuals)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Actual Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Avatar 20th Century Fox $36,000,000 $34,944,081 - 18.3% $551,741,499
2 Legion Screen Gems (Sony) $18,200,000 $17,501,625 New $17,501,625
3 The Book of Eli Warner Bros. $17,000,000 $15,732,463 -52% $60,735,686
4 Tooth Fairy 20th Century Fox $14,500,000 $14,010,409 New $14,010,409
5 The Lovely Bones DreamWorks $8,800,000 $8,418,192 - 50.5% $31,242,633
6 Sherlock Holmes Warner Bros. Pictures $7,115,000 $6,628,069 - 33.0% $191,076,852
7 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel 20th Century Fox $6,500,000 $6,403,504 - 44.9% $204,140,348
8 Extraordinary Measures CBS Films $7,000,000 $6,012,594 New $6,012,594
9 It's Complicated Universal $6,189,690 $5,810,025 - 28.4% $98,270,085
10 The Spy Next Door Lionsgate $4,750,000 $4,584,524 +137739.0% $18,544,639
11 The Blind Side Twentieth Century Fox $4,515,000 $4,166,136 - 25.0% $233,678,402
12 Up in the Air Paramount $4,330,000 $3,902,190 - 28.3% $69,245,716
  Also Opening/Notables
  To Save a Life Idp/samuel Goldwyn $1,499,400 $1,513,955 New $1,513,955
  Creation Newmarket Films N/A $53,073 New $53,073
  The Girl On the Train Strand N/A $19,154 New $19,154
  Leap Year Universal Pictures $3,015,145 $2,889,110 - 51.3% $22,855,295
  Daybreakers Lionsgate $1,600,000 $1,551,703 - 70.1% $28,096,998
  The Young Victoria $753,302 $745,514 New $7,376,880
  CRAZY HEART FOX SEARCHLIGHT $1,425,000 $1,353,214 New $3,865,689
  The Princess and the Frog Walt Disney Pictures $1,200,000 $1,292,793 - 53.5% $99,248,026
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Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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