Studio Estimates for Jan. 1-3:
1. Avatar – $68.3 million
2. Sherlock Holmes – $38.4 million
3. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel – $36.6 million
4. It’s Complicated – $18.7 million
5. The Blind Side – $12.7 million
Happy New Year! Sorry I didn’t get to post my box office predictions this past weekend… things were a bit hectic at the least. Anyway, if you haven’t heard already the big news of the New Year is Avatar. In its third weekend, Avatar grossed a whopping $68.3 million. With that number, the huge blockbuster is breaking more records: it now has the highest-grossing third weekend ever and the highest-grossing New Year’s weekend ever.
Also, in only three weeks of its release, Avatar has already climbed up to the 15th highest-grossing film of all time with about #352 million. It also is now the 4th highest grossing worldwide film of all-time, recently passing The Dark Knight. With over $1 billion already grossed, it’s only $800 million behind Titanic for that title.
Oh yeah, as for the rest of the box office, Sherlock Holmes was in the runner-up spot for the second straight week with $38.4 million. Alvin and the Chipmunks tallied $36.6 million, good enough for the third spot. And It’s Complicated ($18.7 million) and The Blind Side ($12.7 million) finished off the Top 5.
Check back next weekend when three films will try to bump Avatar off the top spot (which is highly unlikely): Daybreakers, Leap Year, and Youth in Revolt.