There’s nothing COMPLICATED about it. AVATAR says what’s up HOLMES and squeaks by ALVIN in this weekend’s box office.
As if this was not to be expected, James Cameron's sci-fi spectacle has proven itself a sure thing by locking its place at #1, after its second week in theaters. The film pulled in an impressive $75,000,000, making its gross to date $212,268,000. Meanwhile, it would seem that the appeal of Robert Downey Jr. as a sly and sarcastic super sleuth was no match for giant blue cat people in 3D, as this week's big release, SHERLOCK HOLMES, came in second with $65,380,000.
The week's other big new releases filled the #3 and #4 spots, with ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE SQUEAKQUEL foraging $50,200,000 while the Alec Baldwin/ Meryl Streep comedy IT'S COMPLICATED kept things simple at $22,114,000. Rounding out the top 5, and gaining some altitude, was Jason Reitman's indie hit UP IN THE AIR, which earned $11,755,000, subsequently moving it up from its spot last week at 8th place.
With this routinely being one of the single biggest times of the year for the box office, as people begin to contemplate strangling their loved ones with tinsel but instead flock to the theaters, it was quite the substantial weekend. AVATAR just may reach that $400,000,000 mark soon if it keeps its pace, as it has already earned $212,268,000 in its two week run. Hey JC, at least you know you will most likely make your estimated budget of $230,000,000 back! And while SHERLOCK HOLMES may have not been good enough to solve the mystery of why James Cameron could not come up with anything better than the name "unubtainium," it did actually do quite well for itself. The film actually broke the record for highest grossing new release on Christmas Day, as it earned a not so elementary $25,000,000 on Friday alone. Substantial weekend indeed! So substantial in fact, that December 25th-December 27th, 2009 managed to earn its place as the highest grossing box office weekend ever! Take that DARK KNIGHT and July 18th-20th, 2008! Not so serious now, are we?
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