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'Avatar' continues climb with $68.5M weekend

Mon, 01/04/2010 - 2:01pm
The Associated Press

The sci-fi saga "Avatar" maintained its blockbuster trek with a $68.5 million weekend domestically. The film shot past $1 billion worldwide, becoming only the fifth movie to hit that mark.

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Hollywood.com are:

1. "Avatar," Fox, $68,490,688, 3,461 locations, $19,789 average, $352,114,898, three weeks.

2. "Sherlock Holmes," Warner Bros., $38,385,000, 3,626 locations, $10,586 average, $140,675,000, two weeks.

3. "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel," Fox, $35,189,653, 3,747 locations, $9,391 average, $155,916,935, two weeks.

4. "It's Complicated," Universal, $18,802,965, 2,897 locations, $6,490 average, $59,178,840, two weeks.

5. "The Blind Side," Warner Bros., $12,650,000, 2,926 locations, $4,323 average, $209,052,000, seven weeks.

6. "Up in the Air," Paramount, $10,720,052, 1,895 locations, $5,657 average, $44,375,265, five weeks.

7. "The Princess and the Frog," Disney, $9,824,311, 3,328 locations, $2,952 average, $85,859,339, six weeks.

8. "Did You Hear About the Morgans?", Sony, $4,932,338, 2,718 locations, $1,815 average, $25,312,384, three weeks.

9. "Invictus," Warner Bros., $4,130,000, 2,170 locations, $1,903 average, $30,755,000, four weeks.

10. "Nine," Weinstein Co., $3,901,203, 1,412 locations, $2,763 average, $13,745,976, three weeks.

11. "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," Summit, $3,442,263, 1,627 locations, $2,116 average, $287,954,655, seven weeks.

12. "3 Idiots," Big Pictures, $1,494,542, 132 locations, $11,322 average, $4,757,078, two weeks.

13. "Brothers," Lionsgate, $1,192,134, 858 locations, $1,389 average, $27,414,913, five weeks.

14. "2012," Sony, $1,093,128, 800 locations, $1,366 average, $163,442,129, eight weeks.

15. "Precious," Lionsgate, $924,203, 629 locations, $1,469 average, $43,492,192, nine weeks.

16. "The Young Victoria," Apparition, $891,371, 165 locations, $5,402 average, $2,456,337, three weeks.

17. "Old Dogs," Disney, $711,002, 620 locations, $1,147 average, $47,239,575, six weeks.

18. "Disney's A Christmas Carol," Disney, $554,866, 981 locations, $566 average, $137,443,917, nine weeks.

19. "The Road," Weinstein Co., $542,635, 306 locations, $1,773 average, $6,858,313, six weeks.

20. "A Single Man," Weinstein Co., $486,958, 46 locations, $10,586 average, $1,731,649, four weeks.

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On the Net:

http://www.hollywood.com/boxoffice

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Universal Pictures and Focus Features are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of General Electric Co.; Sony Pictures, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount and Paramount Vantage are divisions of Viacom Inc.; Disney's parent is The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is a division of The Walt Disney Co.; 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures and Fox Atomic are owned by News Corp.; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a consortium of Providence Equity Partners, Texas Pacific Group, Sony Corp., Comcast Corp., DLJ Merchant Banking Partners and Quadrangle Group; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC Films is owned by Rainbow Media Holdings, a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corp.; Rogue Pictures is owned by Relativity Media LLC; Overture Films is a subsidiary of Liberty Media Corp.

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