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Blue is the New Green

By William Goss | Box Office Round-Ups | January 11, 2010 |


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Well, here it is, the year 2010, and James Cameron's still working on his New Year's resolution to become the most successful Canadian of all time (watch your back, Celine!). His Avatar has predictably claimed another weekend with another $48.5 million for the record books; its total worldwide gross now stands at an amount so high that Dr. Seuss never got around to inventing a name for it. (Only Titanic has grossed more, natch.)

Sherlock Holmes stuck around in second with $16.6 million, while those damn Chipmunks claimed an additional $16.3 million right behind it. Fourth place went to the action-horror likes of Daybreakers with a decent $15 million opening, while the bloodsuckers of It's Complicated hung around in fifth place with $11 million. That film has now grossed more than Nancy Meyers' last one, The Holiday, but not nearly as much as her Something's Gotta Give; at any rate, the thing has legs with women of a certain age like nothing else out there.

Unsuccessfully attempting to muscle in on Complicated's demographic was Meryl's own Doubt and Julie & Julia co-star Amy Adams with her limp rom-com offering, Leap Year (sixth place with $9.1 million), while The Blind Side stuck around in seventh place with $7.7 million. Doing well, but not as well, is number eight -- Up in the Air -- as it took in another $7.1 million after TV spots took a blatant turn for feel-good romance in an effort to combat the overwhelmingly "downer" word-of-mouth among moviegoers.

Opening in ninth place with $7 million was Michael Cera's Youth in Revolt, which probably would've been met with the same indifference in October before its release date was bumped (review due Monday). Rounding out the top ten is the surprisingly tenacious The Princess and the Frog, earning $4.7 million despite losing screens to shrill rodents and Canuck megalomaniacs. See, Jim? Dreams CAN come true.


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