1. "Avatar" ($48.5 million)
2. "Sherlock Holmes" ($16.6 million)
3. "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel" ($16.3 million)
4. "Daybreakers" ($15 million)
5. "It's Complicated" ($11 million)
The streak stays alive as James Cameron's "Avatar" won its fourth straight weekend victory at the box office, taking a commanding first place lead worth $48.5 million. Since its opening weekend, "Avatar" has grossed a domestic cumulative total of $429 million to become the seventh biggest movie of all time in North America. The weekend's foreign gross of $143 million puts the worldwide total at $1.34 billion, inching ever closer to the $1.84 billion record held by "Titanic."
"Avatar" is also the first movie to win first place for four straight weeks, a result not seen since 2008's "The Dark Knight." But can the science fiction epic catch up to the aforementioned comic book film's domestic ranking? "Avatar" experienced a 29.2% drop-off from last weekend's performance — its biggest dip in numbers yet — so Cameron's latest can't sink much lower if it hopes to stand a chance at dethroning "The Dark Knight" for the second place American record. The likelihood of besting "Titanic," at least on a domestic level, is decreasing as well.
While newcomer "Daybreakers" left Friday night with the second place medal, a vampire can never be too careful. Box office veterans "Sherlock Holmes" and "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel" were able to overcome their shifts on the leaderboard to retake second and third place with $16.6 million and $16.3 million respectively, leaving "Daybreakers" with a fourth place finish of $15 million.
"It's Complicated" managed to complicate things for "Leap Year," the new romantic starring Amy Adams and Matthew Goode that finished in fifth place on Friday. Ultimately, the newcomer lost to "It's Complicated," finishing the weekend in sixth place with $9.2 million.
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