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Avatar Edges Out Mel Gibson’s Darkness

January 31, 2010 | Written By: Brad Sturdivant

Posted by: Brad Sturdivant

I’m glad I didn’t make it public, but I really thought Mel Gibson’s EDGE OF DARKNESS was going to dethrone AVATAR.  As it turns out, it wasn’t even close.  In fact, AVATAR almost doubled Darkness, bringing in another$30 million compared to the $17 million from Darkness.  All total, this brings AVATAR’s domestic total to $594 million, about $6 million from TITANIC’s all time record.  So that means by Tuesday or Wednesday, AVATAR will be the highest grossing movie of all time.  Crazy.  The horrible looking WHEN IN ROME was the other movie opening up this past weekend and it managed $12 million, making it clear that America wants a romantic comedy, no matter how bad it may be.

Will AVATAR be able to make it 8 in a row?  Well, DEAR JOHN is the only movie opening next week and nothing against Channing Tatum, but…yes.  However, I will say that VALENTINE’S DAY, which opens up on February 12th, might have a chance.  It has a star-studded cast and a timely opening which will work in its favor.

Mel Gibson in Edge of Darkness

1          Avatar            $30,000,000

2          Edge of Darkness       $17,120,000

3          When in Rome            $12,065,000

4          The Tooth Fairy          $10,000,000

5          The Book of Eli          $8,770,000

6          Legion (2010)                         $6,800,000

7          The Lovely Bones      $4,735,000

8          Sherlock Holmes        $4,510,000

9          Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel             $4,000,000

10        It’s Complicated         $3,720,000

Source: Box Office Mojo

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