The ComingSoon.net Box Office Report has been updated with studio estimates for the weekend. Click here for the full box office estimates of the top 12 films and then check back on Monday for the final figures based on actual box office.
James Cameron’s juggernaut Avatar dominated the box office again its fourth weekend, adding $48.5 million domestically and $143 million internationally! Domestically, it broke the record for the biggest fourth weekend ever for a movie, surpassing Cameron’s own Titanic, which earned $28.7 million its fourth weekend. The North American total has climbed to $429 million, allowing the film to pass up Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest‘s $423.3 million to become the seventh-biggest movie of all time domestically. We think it has a good chance of beating The Dark Knight‘s domestic take of $533 million now, but will it reach Titanic‘s $600.8 million?
Overseas, the blockbuster has reached a massive $906.2 million to take its worldwide total to a whopping $1.335 billion! It only trails Titanic‘s $1.843 billion, a number that doesn’t seem impossible with how much Avatar has been earning on a worldwide basis every day.
Back to the domestic box office estimates for the weekend, Warner Bros.’ Sherlock Holmes and Fox’s Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel remained in the second and third place, adding $16.6 million and $16.3 million, respectively. The former has earned $165.2 million and the latter stands at $178.2 million after three weeks of release.
Out of the newcomers, Lionsgate’s futuristic vampire film Daybreakers fared best, making $15 million in fourth place from 2,523 theaters, for an average of $5,945 per location. The film only cost about $20 million to make.
In its third weekend, Universal Pictures comedy It’s Complicated earned $11 million in fifth for a total of $76.4 million. It was followed in sixth by the studio’s new romantic comedy Leap Year, which collected $9.2 million from 2,511 theaters. The Amy Adams and Matthew Goode-starrer averaged $3,650 and carried a budget of $19 million.
Warner Bros.’ The Blind Side added another $7.8 million in its eighth weekend to bring its total to $219.2 million. Not bad for a movie that cost only $29 million to make!
Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air took in $7.1 million and has earned $54.7 million total. The Paramount release was made for $25 million.
Dimension Films also released Youth in Revolt, starring Michael Cera, which came in at #9 with $7 million from 1,873 theaters.
Click here for the full box office results of the top 12 films.