Avatar Continues Record-Breaking RunIMAX Corporation and Twentieth Century Fox announced today that James Cameron's {0} continued its record-breaking box office run during its second weekend, grossing approximately $8.8 million from 179 IMAX theaters domestically from December 25 through December 27, 2009, registering approximately 12% of the film's total domestic gross of $75.6 million on less than 3% of the screens. IMAX theaters continued to operate at virtually full capacity all weekend, driving the domestic IMAX box office to date to approximately $28 million.

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.

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