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Box Office Breakdown: Sherlock, Avatar Both Winners

Sherlock Holmes

A collection of wide releases contributed to the biggest weekend for movies in box office history.

Over the past three days, theatergoers shelled out over $275 million—a good portion of that going to . Despite slightly disappointing results last week, an improvement in weather - and strong word of mouth - helped the sci-fi flick pack on another $75.2 million to its $212 million domestic total.

Meanwhile, debuted in second place with first place-like numbers. The Guy Ritchie directed-film started its run with a record breaking haul on Christmas Day, only to fall behind the sci-fi entry. But Warner Bros. really has nothing to complain about. Holmes still closed the weekend with $62.4 million in ticket sales.

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  1. Avatar, 20th Century Fox, $75,167,133 (avg. $21,880)
  2. Sherlock Holmes, Warner Bros., $62,390,000 (avg. $17,206)
  3. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, 20th Century Fox, $48,487,415 (avg. $13,210)
  4. It’s Complicated, Universal, $22,100,820 (avg. $7655)
  5. The Blind Side, Warner Bros., $11,470,000 (avg. $4147)
  6. Up in the Air, Paramount, $11,274,000 (avg. $5949)
  7. The Princess and the Frog, Disney, $9,004,610 (avg. $$2591)
  8. Nine, The Weinstein Co., $5,452,513 (avg. $3862)
  9. Did You Hear About the Morgans?, Sony, $5,000,143 (avg. $1840)
  10. Invictus, Warner Bros., $4,045,000 (avg. $1873)

(You can review last week’s numbers here.)

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