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Weekend B.O.: In Seventh Week, Avatar Beats Edge of Darkness

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 31, 2010 at 6:52AM

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?
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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.

This article is related to: Box Office, Headliners, Genres, Franchises, Directors, Winter, James Cameron, Avatar, Thriller, Mel Gibson


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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.