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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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Thompson on Hollywood

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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