Biggest. Movie. Evah.:
1. Avatar: $31.3 million
2. Edge of Darkness: $17.2 million (NEW)
3. When in Rome: $12.4 million (NEW)
4. Tooth Fairy: $9.998 million (2nd week; drops 29%)
5. The Book of Eli: $8.9 million (3rd week; drops 43%)
actual numbers, not estimates
Avatar dropped only 11 percent over its seventh weekend, for another record: the highest-grossing seventh weekend ever… although, as it remains important to continue pointing out, Avatar is not breaking attendance records, just dollar-amount ones.
The only movie that could stand up to Avatar in any way, in fact, was the indie comedy Saint John of Las Vegas — starring Steve Buscemi, Sarah Silverman, and Peter Dinklage — which opened on two screens, and earned $10,833 on each of them… slightly more than Avatar’s per-screen of $10,176. Indies Crazy Heart and The Last Station were close behind, at $9,662 on 239 screens and $9,416 on nine screens, respectively. With both of those films now Oscar nominees, those numbers should look even better this coming weekend.
[numbers via Box Office Mojo]