Avatar, Holmes, Chipmunks Bring in Best Xmas B.O. Ever

If you needed more proof that audiences are hungrier than ever for Hollywood movies, this past weekend’s box-office numbers certainly delivered the goods. The three-day Christmas weekend brought in a total of of $278 million nationwide, with James Cameron’s sci-fi epic Avatar riding high at the top with a total of $212.2 million domestically and $405 million overseas. In addition, IMAX broke all its records as the giant format version of the movie earned $12.1 million around the world this weekend alone. According to Deadline.com, the film is #1 in 107 of 108 markets (#2 in India, behind a local title). Avatar is already the biggest Fox title of all time in Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Vietnam.

Meanwhile Guy Ritchie’s high-adrenaline version of Sherlock Holmes also posted excellent numbers, raking in $64.3 million and setting an impressive record of its own’the best Christmas Day debut ever. Fox’s other holiday movie, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel did really well on Wednesday and on Saturday’s matinee showings, with a total of $50.2 million weekend gross and a $77 five-day holiday. In other territories, the singing critter pic brought in $36.5 million in 22 markets’which was 2.6 times more than the first Chipmunks outing in 2007.

Disney’s Princess and the Frog continues to do respectable business, with a cume of $63.3M
in 3,475 runs theaters. The traditional 2D musical made about $8.6 million this weekend and finished at No. 9 at the box office.