Weekend Box Office: January 15 – 17

#1 Avatar from Fox holds at #1 with a weekend gross of $42.7 million (-14.9%) in 3285 theaters (-137). Total gross to date is $493.2 million. Budget is unknown.

#2 The Book of Eli from Warner Brothers debuts at #2 with an opening weekend gross of $32.7 million in 3111 theaters. Budget was $80 million.

#3 The Lovely Bones from Paramount jumps to #3 with a weekend gross of $17.0 million (+43,986.7%) in 2563 theaters (+2560). Total gross to date is $17.4 million. Budget was $65 million.

#4 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel from Fox drops from #3 to #4 with a weekend gross of $11.6 million (-29.9%) in 3296 theaters (-345). Total gross to date is $192.7 million. Budget was $75 million.

#5 Sherlock Holmes from Warner Brothers drops from #2 to #5 with a weekend gross of $9.8 million (-40.4%) in 3173 theaters (-453). Total gross to date is $180.0 million. Budget was $90 million.

#6 The Spy Next Door from Lionsgate debuts at #6 with an opening weekend gross of $9.7 million in 2924 theaters. Budget is unknown.

Rounding out the top 12 are:

#7 It’s Complicated drops from #5 to #7 with a weekend gross of $8.1 million (-26.3%) in 2670 theaters (-285). Total gross to date is $88.6 million. Budget was $85 million.

#8 Leap Year drops from #6 to #8 with a weekend gross of $5.9 million (-35.6%) in 2512 theaters (+1). Total gross to date is $17.6 million. Budget was $19 million.

#9 The Blind Side drops from #7 to #9 with a weekend gross of $5.5 million (-26.2%) in 2408 theaters (-472). Total gross to date is $226.7 million. Budget was $29 million.

#10 Up in the Air drops from #8 to #10 with a weekend gross of $5.4 million (-23.9%) in 2107 theaters (-111). Total gross to date is $62.8 million. Budget was $25 million.

#11 Daybreakers drops from #4 to #11 with a weekend gross of $5.1 million (-65.8%) in 2523 theaters (no change). Total gross to date is $24.3 million. Budget was $20 million.

#12 Youth in Revolt drops from #9 to #12 with a weekend gross of $3.0 million (-56.4%) in 1873 theaters (no change). Total gross to date is $12.1 million. Budget was $18 million.

The combined gross of the top 12 movies this weekend was $157.0 million (+5.7%).

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

Sources:
Box Office Mojo

20. January 2010 by Andrew
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