WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
1) Avatar - $30 million
2) Edge Of Darkness - $17.1 million
3) When In Rome - $12 million
4) Tooth Fairy - $10 million
5) The Book Of Eli - $8.7 million
6) Legion - $6.8 million
7) The Lovely Bones - $4.7 million
8) Sherlock Holmes - $4.5 million
9) Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Squeakuel - $4 million
10) It's Complicated - $3.7 million
The Avatar juggernaut continues to roll on as James Cameron's 3D outer-space epic manages to stay atop the box office charts for the seventh weekend in a row earning an estimated $30 million. The film, which has already taken the title of biggest worldwide grossing movie away from Cameron's previous film, Titanic, is now just days away from taking the all-time domestic box office title too. The movie made $9,759 in each of the 3,074 theaters that the film played in bringing its total domestic gross up to roughly $594 million in just seven weeks. Coming in at second place was the Father's revenge film/political thriller Edge Of Darkness starring Mel Gibson, Ray Winston and Danny Huston, directed by Martin Campbell. The film, which played in roughly 3,066 theaters made about $5,584 per theater for an opening weekend total of $17.1 million, proving that audiences still want to see Mel Gibson act.
Also new to the box office charts and coming in at third is the romantic comedy When In Rome starring Kristen Bell, Josh Duhamel, Will Arnett, Jon Heder, Dax Shepard, Danny DeVito and Anjelica Huston. The movie, which was seen in about 2,456 theaters over the weekend made an estimated $4,912 per theater for an opening weekend total of $12 million. Coming in at forth this week is the children's film Tooth Fairy starring Dwayne Johnson as a reluctant recruit into the world of pillow visitors also starring Ashley Judd, Billy Crystal and Julie Andrews. The movie dropped 28.6% from last week only earning $2,990 per each of the 3,345 theaters that the film played in for a total of roughly $10 million bringing the film's total earnings up to around $26.1 million in two weeks. Finally, rounding off the top five this week was Denzel Washington's post-apocalyptic action film The Book Of Eli directed by The Hughes Brothers and co-starring Gary Oldman and Mila Kunis. The film, which dropped 44.3% from the previous week made $2,852 per each of the 3,075 theaters that the movie played in, earning roughly $8.7 million over the weekend and bringing the film's total to $74.3 million in its first three weeks of release, just shy of its $80 million budget cost.
Doing very well in limited release in its first week was the drama Saint John Of Las Vegas starring Steve Buscemi, Emily Mortimer, Peter Dinklage, Tim Blake Nelson, John Cho and Emmanuelle Chriqui. The film, which was only shown in two theaters made an estimated $11,200 per theater for a total of $22,400 in its first week. Also performing quite well again in limited release this week was the Oscar contender Crazy Heart, the alcoholic-Country Music Singer redemption film starring Jeff Bridges, which won him a Golden Globe for Best Actor and co-stars screen-legend Robert Duvall and Maggie Gyllanhaal. The film had a 66.3% increase in sales this week as the film was added in nearly 146 theaters and earned $9,414 in each of its 239 theaters for a weekend total of $2.2 million, bringing its total box office gross in seven weeks up to around $6.5 million. Also doing extremely well in limited release is fellow Oscar bait The Last Station, director Michael Hoffman's new drama about the last year of famous Russian author Leo Tolstoy's life and starring Helen Mirren, Christopher Plummer, James McAvoy, Paul Giamatti and Kerry Condon. The film, which saw an 8.5% decrease in ticket sales this week earned $10,089 per each of the nine theaters that the film was screened in for a weekend total of $90,800 brining its total earnings to around $349,900 in its third week.
Next weekend will see two new films enter into wide release with two more new films opening in limited release. First up is John Travolta and Jonathan Ryhs Meyers in the Luc Besson written and produced action/comedy film From Paris With Love. Also in wide release next week is Dear John starring Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried in the film based on the popular book by The Notebook scribe Nicholas Spark. Finally, in limited release next week is the horror film Frozen as well as the political documentary The Most Dangerous Man In America: Daniel Ellsberg And The Pentagon Papers. So please check back in seven days to see who comes out on top at the box office next week.