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Box Office Breakdown: Avatar Has the Edge Over Mel Gibson

Edge of Darkness

Despite success in recent years as a director, Mel Gibson hasn’t been seen in front of the cameras in quite some time. Unfortunately, he couldn’t have picked a worse weekend to make a return.

Gibson’s new film, , debuted to a respectable $17.2 million over the past three days. While that may - may - have been enough for a first place finish at any other time, the Warner Bros. feature brought in approximately half as much as that other film.

, with its $31.3 million take, is now approximately $10 million shy of officially taking the domestic crown from Titanic. (The 20th Century Fox film finally become the worldwide leader during the past week.) If the sci-fi extravaganza remains at #1 for

nine more weeks,

it’ll officially tie E.T. for that record.)

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Box Office Breakdown: Avatar Just Hours Away from Worldwide Record

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Avatar

Are we there yet?

Despite six weeks of chart-topping numbers, still hasn’t brought down the Titanic. Yes - the movie did finally surpass The Dark Knight on the domestic charts. And yes - the 20th Century Fox feature is now the top international earner at $1.29 billion. But James Cameron’s earlier blockbuster is still slightly ahead - by approximately $2 million - as far as worldwide receipts are concerned. (Monday’s ticket sales should change that for Avatar.) The 3D-adventure is also approximately $49.1 million shy of becoming the domestic king of the world.

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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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Box Office Breakdown: Avatar Dominating the Globe

Avatar

An absence of new movies meant very little change for the overall box office standings. A lack of competition, though, meant lots of movement for .

Over the weekend, the sci-fi extravaganza packed an additional $68.5 million to its already-impressive domestic total. The figure - a record for any entry in its third week - brought the film that much closer to becoming one of the top domestic grossers ever. Avatar ($352.1 million) is now only days away from passing 10th place finisher Star Wars: Episode III—Revenge of the Sith ($380.3 million).

Internationally, is just a few rungs away from one of his other films. In just 17 days, the 20th Century Fox release has pulled in approximately $1.02 billion. That places Avatar behind only Titanic ($1.84 billion), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King ($1.12 billion) and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest ($1.07 billion).

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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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In Theaters This Holiday Week: December 23, 2009

It's Complicated

Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

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Rachel McAdams’ Praise for Lindsay Lohan

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Celeb News, Celebrity Gossip,

Rachel McAdams and Lindsay Lohan in Mean Girls

thinks Lindsay Lohan is a natural actress.

McAdams - who starred alongside Lindsay in 2004’s Mean Girls - said she was surprised by how well the then-17-year-old star took direction on board, but admitted Lindsay loved to go out all the time.

“I just remember marveling about how much she knew as an actor, how much she understood,” the 31-year-old said. “She did very few takes and had this naturalness to her. And beyond that, I was 26 at the time. I’d be asked, ‘Where do you go out?’”

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New Sherlock Holmes Trailer Unveiled


If you’re pretending to be British and celebrating Guy Fawkes Day, you might as well keep up the charade by checking out the new trailer for Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law.

In what can only seem to be complete bad-ass-ness (smart jokes, narrated three-step guide to knocking someone out, Rachel McAdams, etc.), the film appears to have a good chance at holding its own during this Christmas Day’s battlefield for the box office.

What secret weapon does director Guy Ritchie have in store for the action-packed thriller? He calls it a family movie!

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Quote of the Day: Eric Bana Wants a Nude Day

Eric Bana in The Time Traveler's Wife

“The nude scenes never felt magical. They felt like a pain in the arse. I think I should have just had one big nude day. Wouldn’t that have been a good idea? Then I could have got it all over and done with, which would have been good. Those scenes were an unnecessary evil.”

- The Time Traveler’s Wife star Eric Bana on filming nude scenes. Then again, who can blame him—working with Rachel McAdams seems rather intimidating, even moreso when doing so in your birthday suit!

(Make sure to check out other notable quotes.)

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