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Avatar Breaks $1 Billion Worldwide Mark After 17 Days

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 3, 2010 at 8:00AM

Avatar is now the 4th-highest grossing movie of all time. It has broken $1 billion. Already.
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Avatar is now the 4th-highest grossing movie of all time. It has broken $1 billion. Already.

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

This article is related to: Box Office, Directors, Winter, James Cameron

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.