Weekend Fix: Avatar, Sherlock Lead The Largest Weekend In Film History! Top 12 Earned $275 Million!

on Sunday, December 27, 2009  


What an amazing way to end the incredible year of 2009!  The box office was firing on all cylinders for the past three days, and Avatar, Sherlock Holmes, and Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Squeakuel led the pack easily, earning about $190 million between altogether.  Add in the rest of the movies, and we have a record weekend at the box office!  The Top 12 grossed an astonishing $264 million over the weekend frame- the largest weekend in film history!  It even beats 2008's $260.3 million weekend, when The Dark Knight and Hancock topped the chart!  Newcomer It's Complicated opened solidly, and major expansion Up In The Air lived up to its buzz.  The only real failure of the weekend was the musical Nine, which found a paltry $5.4 million.  Stilll, that's a minor blemish in an otherwise fantastic weekend!  Watch the video above for my take on this record-setting Christmas weekend, and then check out the Weekend Estimates below:

Top 12 Box Office Hits For December 25-27, 2009
Rank
Movie
Studio
Theaters
Weekend
Chg
AVG.
Total
1
Avatar
Fox
3452
$75,000,000
-3%
$21,701
$212,268,053
2
Sherlock Holmes
Warner Bros
3475
$65,380,000
New
$18,031
$65,380,000
3
Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
Fox
3407
$50,200,000
New
$13,568
$77,051,277
4
It's Complicated
Universal
2718
$22,114,420
New
$7,663
$22,114,420
5
Up In The Air
Paramount
3035
$11,755,000
266%
$6,203
$24,518,000
6
The Blind Side
Warner Bros
2125
$11,730,000
17%
$4,241
$184,387,000
7
The Princess And The Frog
Disney
2070
$8,683,000
-29%
$2,499
$63,357,000
8
Nine
Weinstein
175
$5,544,000
New
$3,926
$5,922,000
9
Did You Hear About The Morgans?
Sony
2009
$5,000,000
-24%
$1,840
$15,597,000
10
Invictus
Warner Bros
2630
$4,390,000
4%
$2,032
$23,365,000
11
The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Summit
2242
$3,000,000
-32%
$1,883
$280,923,522
12
A Christmas Carol
Disney
1538
$1,356,000
-61%
$1,089
$135,952,000
All Numbers Provided By Exhibitor Relations Co.

14 comments:

Jeremy said...

Insane! At this rate, Avatar WILL pass Titanic!

Kevin said...

Avatar's second weekend hold is just unbelievable at $75 million - and bear in mind that even in it's first week it underwent a significant upward revision from $73 to $77 million.

Could similar happen again?

I guess this is what you can achieve when you open at the right time! I'd be wary of predicting it will pass Titanic - I don't think it will, but at the very least it will end up between $300-$400 million domestic I think as a minimum.

But then the top three did stupendously well anyway so none of them are losers!

Even further down plenty of older films performed pretty well - especially The Blind Side. It's an absolute lock for $200 million plus now without a doubt.

Grady Smith said...

I agree Kevin- I don't see Avatar passing Titanic. I can definitely see Avatar breaking $400 million- but not $600 million. A few things are sure, though: 3D ticket prices are helping a lot, and Fox must be very relieved that Avatar is such a resounding success!

Kevin said...

The 3D will helping a lot, I guess the IMAX will too.

I guess the good news on that front is that it will be a while before another major film takes over it's IMAX slots so it could play there for quite some time yet.

I don't think there will be any major 3D releases either so that will help it's legs. But yeah, somewhere I'm betting somebody is relieved it hasn't bombed.

Mind, since no-one can agree on what it really cost to make and promote (studio 'official' figures aside) it's hard to tell what would be a truly profitable performance in the long run.

Graham said...

Wow, Avatar doing great business! It should hold on well next weekend, probably another $40-50M, but after that, it'll be interesting to see.
AC2 did horribly well. Watching that film is like seeing your own death...

Grady Smith said...

@Graham HAH! Well said!

Kevin said...

@Graham

It will indeed!

I think it will have a fairly shallow (for a blockbuster) drop rate over the coming weeks. I think a $45 million third weekend is more than possible plus a few more healthy mid-week grosses before then will help it.

Anonymous said...

Avatar should definitely break the record for best 3rd weekend (Spider Man-$45 million), it can't possibly drop more than 40% next weekend.
But, it will never come close to The Dark Knight's $533 million in the US. TDK had way more buzz (mostly because of Heath Ledger,)and it was a better movie, even though Avatar sure was amazing.

Phil said...

Blind Side went up this weekend 17%. It didn't drop. This is the 2nd time it's b.o. has gone up. That never happens!

And I think Avatar can eek past Transformers 2 to become #1 movie of the year. I'm so happy that an original movie, not based on a comic book/toy/novel, is doing so well and is well-liked by critics and audiences. It's almost like a throwback. It'll be the first original, non-sequel film to be #1 for the year since 1998 (saving pvt ryan).

Grady Smith said...

Phil- my bad! Thanks for correcting me; I fixed it. I posted the results in a flash, and sometimes I make mistakes! :D

Kevn said...

@Phil

Yeah, Blind Side's increase is also impressive because it shed something like 650 theatres going into the weekend and still increased it's take!

And I hope it gets past Transformers 2 as well - even if it's just by a dollar! Not that I hated that film, I just want to see Avatar get ahead of it!

Kevin said...

Revised figures show that Avatar narrowly stole the record for largest second weekend box office take ever.

Wonder if it will do it in it's third.

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