You are on Pandora…(and staying for a while)

Perhaps this world hasn’t gone to the crapper afterall. Avatar surpassed Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen as the highest-grossing 2009 release. I have a little more faith in Hollywood knowing that the awful mess of T-2 isn’t going to be declared the King of 09.

James Cameron’s unstoppable force added another $48.5 million to its domestic total, now at $429 million; it has earned $1.3 billion worldwide so far. (“Transformers” topped out at $402 million in the U.S.)

New releases were nowhere within reach of this mega-hit. Only vampire flick “Daybreakers” nudged its way into the top five; the Amy Adams rom-com “Leap Year” came in sixth with $9.1 million, while raunchy Michael Cera comedy “Youth in Revolt” nabbed $7 million and landed in ninth place. It’s rare these days for any movie to be in control of the box office for more than a couple of weeks. Avatar is now in week 4 and looks to be there for a while longer.

This Wk Title Dist. Weekend Gross Cumulative
Gross
1 Avatar 20th Century Fox $48,500,000 $429,040,000
2 Sherlock Holmes Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution $16,610,000 $165,178,000
3 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel 20th Century Fox Distribution $16,300,000 $178,184,000
4 Daybreakers Lionsgate $15,000,000 $15,000,000
5 It’s Complicated Universal Pictures $11,007,000 $76,370,000
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