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«Avatar» Tops Weekend Box Office Chart

AvatarDecember 21, 2009
The James Cameron's big-budget movie took in a worldwide gross total of 232.2 million dollars, which was claimed as the 'highest-grossing nonfranchise, nonsequel opening ever.' James Cameron's "Avatar" has shown its domination on North American Box Office by collecting an estimated $73 million in its first weekend, making it sitting on the top spot.

Internationally, the expensive movie posted an approximately $159.2 million bow. Thus, it took in a worldwide gross total of $232.2 million, which was the "highest-grossing nonfranchise, nonsequel opening ever."

Commenting on the performance of the Sam Worthington-starring sci-fi in its debut, co-president of Fox Theatrical International Paul Hanneman said, "We are off to a great start." Additionally, he believed "Avatar" grosses will stand firmly in the coming weeks, claiming "We played 106 markets, and we were No. 1 in all of them."

Meanwhile, last week's winner Disney's animation "The Princess and the Frog" dropped 50% in ticket sales, making it only securing the second place with an estimated $12.2 million haul. On the third position was Sandra Bullock's "The Blind Side", which raked in an additional $10 million. So far, the football drama has collected $164.7 million domestically.

Rounding up the top five were "Did You Hear About the Morgans?" and "The Twilight Saga's New Moon". The Sarah Jessica Parker-starring comedy romance took in an estimated $7 million in its first weekend, while the latest installment of "Twilight" film series grabbed onto $4.4 million in the fifth week for a total of $274.6 million.

Top Ten Movies at Box Office for December 18-20:

  1. "Avatar" - $73 million
  2. "The Princess and the Frog" - $12.2 million
  3. "The Blind Side" - $10 million
  4. "Did You Hear About the Morgans?" - $7 million
  5. "The Twilight Saga's New Moon" - $4.4 million
  6. "Invictus" - $4.2 million
  7. "A Christmas Carol (2009)" - $3.4 million
  8. "Up in the Air" - $3.1 million
  9. "Brothers" - $2.6 million
  10. "Old Dogs" - $2.3 million

Source: www.aceshowbiz.com