James Cameron’s space opera will do before long what many had thought impossible and overtake his earlier Titanic’s $600.8m mark to secure its place in history.
The film became the biggest international release of all time on Saturday and stands at $1.288bn. The global tally of $1.84bn will pass Titanic’s worldwide mark of $1.842bn on Monday.
Elsewhere Screen Gems unleashed the supernatural action title Legion starring Paul Bettany in second place on $18.2m, while Tooth Fairy, a family vehicle for Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, opened in fourth on a disappointing $14.5m.
CBS Films’ maiden launch, the drama Extraordinary Measures with Harrison Ford and Brendan Fraser, opened further down in seventh on an anaemic $7m.
Fox’s Alvin And The Chipmunks sequel crossed $200m in its fifth weekend and ranks eighth on $204.2m. Warner Bros’ Sherlock Holmes in sixth place is also approaching the mark and stands at $191.6m after five.
Fox Searchlight’s Crazy Heart jumped three places to 16th following Jeff Bridges’ SAG and Golden Globes best actor awards and added $1.4m from 93 theatres for $3.9m. Samuel Goldwyn Films released To Save A Life in 15th place on $1.5m
Next weekend’s wide releases include the thriller Edge Of Darkness from Warner Bros, starring Mel Gibson in his first lead role since Signs in 2002; and the romantic comedy When In Rome from Buena Vista with Kristen Bell and Josh Duhamel.
Estimated Top 10 North America Jan 22-24 2010
Film (Dist) / Est wkd gross / Est total to date
1 (1) Avatar (Fox) Fox Int’l $36m $552.8m
2 (-) Legion (Screen Gems) $18.2m –
3 (2) The Book Of Eli (Summit) Summit Int’l/SPRI $17m $62m
4 (-) Tooth Fairy (Fox) Fox Int’l $14.5m –
5 (3) The Lovely Bones (Paramount-DreamWorks) PPI $8.8m $31.6m
6 (5) Sherlock Holmes (Warner Bros) WBPI $7.1m $191.6m
7 (-) Extraordinary Measures (CBS Films) SPRI $7m –
8 (4) Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (Fox) Fox Int’l $6.5m $204.2m
9 (7) It’s Complicated (Universal) UPI $6.2m $98.7m
10 (6) The Spy Next Door (Lionsgate) Lionsgate $4.8m $18.7m