Avatar makes it six in a row, passes The Dark Knight

Posted by: Brad Sturdivant

I don’t know why, but I continue to be amazed at how successful AVATAR is.  I mean, it’s a spectacular movie, but I just can’t believe that it’s going to catch TITANIC.  This weekend, it passed THE DARK KNIGHT by almost $20 million.  That brings its box office total to $552 million, or just under $48 million away from the sinking boat.  I remember when THE DARK KNIGHT was making its run, there was debate all the way up to the final weekend.  It seems like the debate with AVATAR was over a couple of weeks ago.  I think we should officially start the “Get a haircut, James Cameron” petition now.  He really needs to do something before the Oscars in February, he looks ridiculous.

James Cameron and the cast of Avatar at the Golden Globes

The “big” movie opening this weekend was LEGION, which managed $18 million despite some horrible reviews.  But The Rock managed $14 million with his latest cheese fest THE TOOTH FAIRY.  Sadly, Harrison Ford couldn’t make his made-for-TV movie EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES do anything more than $7 million.  The next challenger to AVATAR is Mel Gibson and his return to awesomeness in EDGE OF DARKNESS.  Here’s hoping Mel has a better time with his return than Ford has had with his.

1          Avatar  $36,000,000

2          Legion (2010)  $18,200,000

3          The Book of Eli   $17,000,000

4          The Tooth Fairy  $14,500,000

5          The Lovely Bones  $8,800,000

6          Sherlock Holmes   $7,115,000

7          Extraordinary Measures   $7,000,000

8          Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel  $6,500,000

9          It’s Complicated   $6,190,000

10        The Spy Next Door   $4,750,000

Source: Box Office Mojo

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