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Box Office Breakdown: Avatar Makes It a Five-Peat

Avatar's Michelle Rodriguez

The has slowly started to take on water.

Over the holiday weekend, added another $54.6 million to its domestic total ($505 million), bringing it that much closer to The Dark Knight‘s second-place spot. The Golden Globe-winning film, which now stands at approximately $1.6 billion internationally ($200 million shy of Titanic), also became the first film since The Sixth Sense to win five straight weeks in a row.

Meanwhile, - starring Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman - put up good numbers despite finishing in second place. Allen and Albert Hughes’ first movie since 2001’s From Hell raked in an impressive $38.4 million, giving Washington his second best debut ever. (American Gangster took in $43.6 million in 2007.) The receipts also made the film Warner Bros.’ best January opener to date.

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Box Office Breakdown: Avatar Leaps Further Up the Charts

Leap Year

Hear that sound? That’s knocking on Titanic‘s door.

Over the past three days, Fox’s sci-fi blockbuster padded another $50.3 million to its total, officially making it the top entry of 2009. (Sorry, !) The movie now stands directly behind Jim Cameron’s other film on the international charts ($1.34 billion compared to $1.84 billion) and is ranked 7th on the domestic charts. (The Dark Knight sits on that list at #2 with $533,345,358.)

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In Theaters This Weekend (1/8)

Daybreakers

Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • Daybreakers (R): starring Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Isabel Lucas (directed by Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig)
  • Leap Year (PG): starring Amy Adams, Matthew Goode, Adam Scott (directed by Anand Tucker)
  • Youth in Revolt (R): starring Michael Cera, Portia Doubleday, Justin Long (directed by Miguel Arteta)

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: December 8, 2009

Julie & Julia DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • The Alphabet Killer: Blu-ray
  • The Cove: DVD
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Ultimate Edition): DVD, Blu-ray
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Ultimate Edition): DVD, Blu-ray
  • Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer: Blu-ray
  • Julie & Julia: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Moonlight Serenade: DVD
  • Public Enemies: DVD, Blu-ray
  • While She Was Out: Blu-ray
  • World’s Greatest Dad: DVD, Blu-ray

Make sure to also check out the TV-on-DVD options for this week.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: December 1, 2009

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Blu-rayHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • A Christmas Tale: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Evil Dead: DVD
  • The Green Mile: Blu-ray
  • Gremlins: Blu-ray
  • The Jazz Singer: 30th Anniversary Edition: DVD
  • Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels: Blu-ray
  • The Mask of Zorro: Blu-ray
  • Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Paper Heart: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Secondhand Lions: Blu-ray
  • Snatch: Blu-ray
  • Terminator Salvation: DVD, Blu-ray

Make sure to also check out the TV-on-DVD options for this week.

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Box Office Breakdown: Tyler Perry Can Win All By Himself

I Can Do Bad By Myself

Leave it to Tyler Perry to take on the horror industry.

The actor/writer/director’s latest film, , earned $23.4 million over the weekend—enough to stop The Final Destination from taking its third crown in a row. The urban comedy, starring Taraji P. Henson and Mary J. Blige, more than doubled its nearest competitor since opening Friday and gave Perry his third biggest debut to date.

I Can Do Bad also topped , the newest scare flick to enter the scene. Although the movie boasts more recognizable names (Audrina Patridge, Rumer Willis) than Destination, the R-rater barely scraped up $5.1 million for a 6th place finish.

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Box Office Breakdown: Another Win for Final Destination

The Final Destination

Ticket buyers ended their summer vacations by booking . For the 2nd time in a row, the horror entry topped all entries with a 1st place finish. Thanks to the $15.3 million added to the pot, Warner Bros. saw its sequel rise above the $50 million mark during the Labor Day weekend

pulled in another $15 million and narrowly missed another win of its own. The WWII movie has now raked in over $95 million domestically and given Quentin Tarantino the 2nd best gross of his career. (Pulp Fiction is still the champ.)

Meanwhile, Sandra Bullock and Bradley Cooper joined forces for a 3rd place debut. may not have done Proposal or Hangover-esque numbers, but the comedy did walk away with something to brag about. The Fox feature totaled the largest per screen average of any movie in the Top 10.

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Box Office Breakdown: Final Destination Has Last Laugh

The Final Destination

Theatergoers made the destination this weekend.

Even though it had no A-list names and was pitted against another horror film, the fourth Destination installment gave the franchise its best opening to date. The movie, which was boosted by 3D venues and pricing, grossed approximately $27.4 million since its Friday debut. Up until now, the series only saw openings under $20 million.

Warner Bros.’ win meant a loss for . Rob Zombie’s latest splatter-flick scared up nearly $14 million less than 2007’s Halloween grossed. (This could be part of the reason why the director is being replaced for Halloween 3D.) Unfortunately, the $16.3 million take wasn’t even good enough for 2nd place. The sequel was actually topped by a different Weinstein Company film: Inglourious Basterds.

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Box Office Breakdown: Glorious Outing for Inglourious Basterds

Inglourious Basterds

, Inglorious Bastards. However you spell it, it was still a hit.

The WWII-era tale about a band of Jewish-American soldiers hit the mark this weekend with a $38 million debut. Basterds, which more than doubled its nearest competitor, gave his biggest premiere ever. (Kill Bill, Vol. 2 grossed only $25.1 million in 2004.) The director also raked in his best international turnout to date.

Finding himself even further down the list was Tarantino buddy Robert Rodriguez. The director followed up Planet Terror with a $6.4 million outing for the PG-rated . That was enough to give the Warner Bros. feature a 6th place finish.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: August 25, 2009

DescriptionHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • Adventureland: DVD, Blu-ray
  • American Son: DVD
  • Children of the Corn: Blu-ray
  • Duplicity: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Fighting: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Goodbye Solo: DVD
  • The Informers: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Last Days of Disco: DVD
  • Rudo y Cursi: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Sunshine Cleaning: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Trouble the Water: DVD

Make sure to also check out the TV-on-DVD options for this week.

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