And the first weekend of the year was the biggest ever, too.
IndieWIRE tracks the robust holiday b.o. for the indies--except for Nine, which is shaping up to be a major disappointment for the Weinsteins.
More analysis later. Here's the LAT b.o. report:
"Avatar" was, once again, a big winner, dropping only 10% as it sold $68.3 million worth of tickets in the U.S. and Canada, according to an estimate from distributor 20th Century Fox. That's the highest domestic gross ever for a movie on its third weekend, blowing away the previous record of $45 million set by the original "Spider-Man" in 2002, even accounting for inflation.
Complete box office top-10 estimates (in millions):
1. 'Avatar,' $68.3
2. 'Sherlock Holmes,' $38.3
3. 'Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel,' $36.6
4. 'It's Complicated,' $18.7
5. 'The Blind Side,' $12.6
6. 'Up in the Air,' $11.3
7. 'The Princess and the Frog,' $10.0
8. 'Did You Hear About the Morgans,' $5.2
9. 'Nine,' $4.2
10. 'Invictus,' $4.1