At the weekend box office, Avatar grossed another $30-million, beating all comers for the 7th weekend in a row, including Mel Gibson's return to the screen in thriller Edge of Darkness, which despite earning mixed reviews scored $17 million. Avatar only needs a little more than $6 million to overtake Titanic as top domestic b.o.-grosser, and should do so by mid-week. Patrick Goldstein puts Avatar's grosses in perspective, adjusting for inflation. Another question: does Avatar's rolling b.o. success help or hurt with Oscar voters?
For his part, Harrison Ford should retire here and now. He sounded like death warmed over at the Globes, and has no clue what movies to do, clearly, having agreed to co-star with Brendan Fraser in the widely-panned Extraordinary Measures. The movie dipped 57% after its weak $7 million opening, and has totaled $10.4 million to date. CBS Films is off to a rocky start. Tom Vaughn's last film? What Happens in Vegas.