Sunday, January 3, 2010

Box Office Results and Weekly Movie News: AVATAR EDITION

Movies coming out this week!

Daybreakers - In the year 2017, a plague has transformed most every human into vampires. Faced with a dwindling blood supply, the fractured dominant race plots their survival; meanwhile, a researcher (Hawke) works with a covert band of vamps on a way to save humankind.

Youth in Revolt - Like most teens, young Nick Twisp (Cera) is ruled by his libido. And from the recesses of a trailer park in Northern California, Twisp concocts a plan -- make that multiple schemes -- to lose his virginity to a local girl, the precocious Sheeni Saunders (Doubleday).

Leap Year - Anna (Adams) has spent four years with her boyfriend, Jeremy (Scott), without a wedding proposal. During his business trip to Dublin, Anna opts to act on Leap Day, an Irish tradition that encourages women to propose to men on the date February 29th. A re-routed plane trip, however, lands her at the door of a Welsh innkeeper (Goode), who might offer a diversion of his own.

Movies coming out on DVD and Blu-ray!

The Final Destination
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
10 Things I Hate About You Special Edition

Box Office results for the weekend!

1 Avatar$68.3 M

2 Sherlock Holmes$38.3 M

3 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel $36.6 M

4 It's Complicated$18.7 M

5 The Blind Side $12.6 M

6 Up in the Air $11.7 M

7 The Princess and the Frog $10.0 M

8 Did You Hear About the Morgans? $5.2 M

9 Nine $4.2 M

10 Invictus $4.1 M

"Avatar" has crushed the competition once again, coming in No. 1 three weeks in a row with $68.3 million. It has now grossed just over $1 billion, only the fifth movie in history to ever do so.

James Cameron is now the only director to claim the cinematic feat of having two movies gross over a billion dollars. No matter what anyone thinks of the film, audiences worldwide have responded.

Not only that, but it grossed that billion dollars in only 17 days! It took "The Dark Knight" 33 weeks (and a re-release) to pass the $1 billion mark in 2008. This is incredible!

For reference, the only other movies in cinematic history to pass $1 billion are (in order from smallest to largest via Box Office Mojo) "The Dark Knight" ($1.001B), "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" ($1.07B), "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" ($1.1B), and "Titanic" ($1.8B).

I don't think "Titanic" was even this successful, this fast, which makes me wonder..."Avatar" is quickly on pace to becoming the No. 2 box office worldwide gross of all time right behind "Titanic," but it only needs $800 million more worldwide to pass it... so could "Avatar" become No. 1?

It already has broken the record for second and third box office weekends and is now the No. 1 most successful 3D movie of all time.

"Sherlock Holmes" continued to do well, coming in second and earning $228 million worldwide. Sequel? I'm sure we'll see one. "Alvin and the Chipmunks 2" is a guaranteed hit. It came in third and grossed over $256 million worldwide. Yes. You can expect more "Chipmunks" in the future.

The rest of the movies didn't do too bad. "It's Complicated" continues to make money from the adults while "The Blind Side" isn't going anywhere.

Will "Avatar" win the weekend for the fourth time in a row or will a 2010 movie topple the billion-dollar behemoth?
(Latino Review, First Showing)

More news to come! Catch ya' later!

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