Weekend Box Office: December 18 – 20

#1 Avatar from Fox debuts at #1 with an opening weekend gross of $77.0 million in 3452 theaters. Budget is unknown.

#2 The Princess and the Frog from Buena Vista drops from #1to #2 with a weekend gross of $12.1 million (-49.7%) in 3475 theaters (+41). Total gross to date is $44.7 million. Budget was $105 million.

#3 The Blind Side from Warner Brothers drops from #2 to #3 with a weekend gross of $10.0 million (-33.4%) in 3407 theaters (+19). Total gross to date is $164.7 million. Budget was $29 million.

#4 Did you Hear About the Morgans from Sony debuts at #4 with an opening weekend gross of $6.6 million in 2718 theaters. Budget was $58 million.

#5 New Moon from Summit drops from #4 to #5 with a weekend gross of $4.4 million (-44.6%) in 3035 theaters (-600). Total gross to date is $274.5 million. Budget was $50 million.

#6 Invictus from Warner Brothers drops from #3 to #6 with a weekend gross of $4.2 million (-51.2%) in 2125 theaters (no change) Total gross to date is $15.8 million. Budget was $60 million.

Rounding out the top 12 are:

#7 A Christmas Carol (2009) drops from #5 to #7 with a weekend gross of $3.4 million (-49.6%) in 2070 theaters (-332). Total gross to date is $130.8 million. Budget was $200 million.

#8 Up in the Air jumps from #11 to #8 with a weekend gross of $3.2 million (+34.1%) in 175 theaters (+103). Total gross to date is $8.2 million. Budget was $25 million.

#9 Brothers drops from #6 to #9 with a weekend gross of $2.8 million (-42.4%) in 2009 theaters (-79). Total gross to date is $17.4 million. Budget was $26 million.

#10 Old Dogs drops from #7 to #10 with a weekend gross of $2.3 million (-46.9%) in 2630 theaters (-460). Total gross to date is $43.6 million. Budget was $35 million.

#11 2012 drops from #8 to #11 with a weekend gross of $2.2 million (-49.3%) in 2242 theaters (-596). Total gross to date is $159.0 million. Budget was $200 million.

#12 Armored drops from #9 to #12 with a weekend gross of $1.2 million (-63.3%) in 1538 theaters (-381). Total gross to date is $14.2 million. Budget was $20 million.

The combined gross of the top 12 movies this weekend was $129.8 million (+48.7%).

A note on “Gross”: On average, studios will earn approximately 55 percent of the final gross.

Sources:
Box Office Mojo

22. December 2009 by Andrew
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