A Very Merry Record-Shattering Box-Office Christmas! "Avatar" Remains on Top with $75 Million 


Hollywood celebrated a merry Christmas with shattered box-office records! Moviegoers spent the weekend enjoying high-profile releases. The estimated $278 million box-office take broke the previous record of $253 million set in July 2008 when "The Dark Knight" was released.

For a while, at least on its opening day, "Sherlock Holmes" was poised to take the box-office crown earning a record Christmas day debut of $24.9 million.

But James Cameron's "Avatar" regained its audience over the weekend, topping the box office with merely a 3 percent drop from its opening weekend. The sci-fi flick earned $75 million for the No. 1 crown!

Meanwhile, Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law must settle for the No. 2 spot. Guy Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes" opened with a very impressive $65.4 million box office take.

"Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel" took in $50.2 million on the weekend, and $77.1 million since it opened Wednesday. Also opening strongly was "It's Complicated" starring Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, and Steve Martin from director Nancy Meyer. The Universal romantic romp had a solid debut of $22.1 million settling at No. 4.

Oscar contender films also did very well at the box office. "Up in the Air" starring George Clooney grossed $11.8 million (total $24.5 million) while "Nine" earned $5.5 million in 1408 theaters.

Here's the estimated Top 10 Box Office films for Christmas weekend:

1. "Avatar," $75 million.
2. "Sherlock Holmes," $65.4 million.
3. "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel," $50.2 million.
4. "It's Complicated," $22.1 million.
5. "Up in the Air," $11.8 million.
6. "The Blind Side," $11.7 million.
7. "The Princess and the Frog," $8.7 million.
8. "Nine," $5.5 million.
9. "Did You Hear About the Morgans?" $5 million.
10. "Invictus," $4.4 million.

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