Weekend Box Office: Theaters Full Of Flying Crap

By Scott Gwin 2010-01-24 16:50:27discussion comments
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Theaters were cram packed this weekend with sub-par movies featuring flying characters. Two of them are new, and a third one has somehow convinced audiences to make it the biggest money-maker in history.

For a sixth weekend in a row audiences handed Avatar and its blue, bird-riding alien archers the number one spot. At $36 million, only 16% down from last weekend, it has topped $550 million in domestic sales. That not only secures its spot as the highest grossing movie of the year and decade, it pretty much guarantees that it will top Titanic's record $600 million all time domestic sales total. James Cameron has officialy proven that you don't have to make a great movie to make world record breaking money, you just have to make a mediocre one with a lot of fancy technology and convince people it's the next big thing.

Legion, which featured warrior angels with bullet proof wings, bowed in at a distant second place with only $18 million. Meanwhile the movie that turned Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson into a flying fairy, The Tooth Fairy, debuted in at fourth place with only $14 million.

The only new movie that didn't feature winged protagonists fared even more poorly. Extraordinary Measures hoped to draw some atttention with its leading men Brendan Fraser and Harrison Ford. But the attempted feel-good drama ended up being Fraser's poorest opening since Monkeybone and Ford's lowest in 15 years.

For the full weekend top ten details, check out the chart below.

1.
Avatar $36,000,000  -  Total: $552,797,000 LW: 1     WR: 6    
THTRS: 3,141
2.
Legion (2010) * $18,200,000  -  Total: $18,200,000 LW: N     WR: 1    
THTRS: 2,476
3.
The Book of Eli $17,000,000  -  Total: $62,003,000 LW: 2     WR: 2    
THTRS: 3,111
4.
The Tooth Fairy * $14,500,000  -  Total: $14,500,000 LW: N     WR: 1    
THTRS: 3,344
5.
The Lovely Bones $8,800,000  -  Total: $31,624,000 LW: 3     WR: 7    
THTRS: 2,571
6.
Sherlock Holmes $7,115,000  -  Total: $191,564,000 LW: 5     WR: 5    
THTRS: 2,670
7.
Extraordinary Measures * $7,000,000  -  Total: $7,000,000 LW: N     WR: 1    
THTRS: 2,549
8.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel $6,500,000  -  Total: $204,237,000 LW: 4     WR: 5    
THTRS: 2,973
9.
It's Complicated $6,190,000  -  Total: $98,650,000 LW: 7     WR: 5    
THTRS: 2,301
10.
The Spy Next Door $4,750,000  -  Total: $18,710,000 LW: 6     WR: 2    
THTRS: 2,924

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