Avatar's current worldwide gross is estimated to be around $800 million. An exact foreign tally won't become available until later Sunday evening. Avatar wasn't the only film to benefit from the yearend holiday. Sherlock Holmes pulled in a one day New Year's take of $14.9 million, pushing its domestic grosses to $117.2 million. The kid-friendly Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel wasn't far behind with its estimated New Year's earnings coming in at $13 million.
Analysts suspect that Avatar will be around for a while, and that it will give Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen quite a run for highest grossing film released in 2009. Avatar was directed by James Cameron and stars Sigourney Weaver and Sam Worthington.