'Avatar' wins 7th straight and is days away from sinking 'Titanic's' record
For six straight weeks "Avatar" has overcome every challenger that has tried to knock it off the top of the box office and this weekend was no different.
"Avatar" grossed yet another strong $30 million over the weekend for a new domestic total of $594.4 million. That stunningly puts James Cameron's blockbuster only days away from passing "Titanic's" U.S. mark of $600 million, a feat inconceivable less than two months ago. With numerous Oscar nominations expected on Tuesday morning, it's unclear how high "Avatar" can go.
Showing a solid start in the second slot was Mel Gibson's first on screen role since 2002's "Signs," "Edge of Darkness." The Martin Campbell thriller made $17.1 million which was slightly higher than Warner Bros.' expectations. With strong audience response there is no reason to believe "Darkness" couldn't finish between $45-55 million domestic.
Among other newcomers, "When in Rome" slightly overperformed $12.1 million and the third slot. The Josh Duhamel/Kristen Bell romantic comedy was only projected to do a weak $9 million for the weekend, but scrounged some extra dollars from uninformed moviegoers. That's still not the result Disney was hoping for, but new studio head Rich Ross isn't making things easy without a new head of Marketing in place yet. They all can't be easy smash hits like Johnny Depp's "Alice in Wonderland" is expected to be.
In fourth place, Dwayne Johnson's "Tooth Fairy" was down only 37% proving its pulling out good word of mouth with the family audience. Another $10 million brings its current cume to $25 million.
"Book of Eli," which found fifth, is a significant hit for leading man and co-producer Denzel Washington. The post-apocolytpic thriller grossed $8.7 million over the three day for a new total of $74.3 million. It's the second success in a row for financier Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros. after "The Blind Side" and should end up with around $85-90 million when all is said and done.
Next week, "Avatar" faces its biggest challenge yet as the Nicolas Sparks melodrama "Dear John" with Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried arrives to make teenage girls cry from coast to coast. Can "Avatar" go for eight straight? We'll see.
Complete weekend results are released on Monday.
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by. It has deep soul, a wicked sense of humor, and Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Pam Grier, and Robert Forster.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
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