Avatar's box office battle
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Avatar's box office battle

21 Nov – "Avatar" topped the North America box office over the three-day opening (Dec 18-20) with an estimated US$73 million, claiming the highest-grossing opening ever for a movie that's neither a sequel, a remake nor a direct adaptation, according to Box Office Mojo. Furthermore, "Avatar" made a mark as the second highest-grossing December opening weekend after "I Am Legend" (2007) with US$77.2 million.

Blowing away last week's chart topper "The Storm Warriors" in Malaysia and Singapore, "Avatar" also outgrossed the Asian blockbuster film debut "Bodyguards And Assassins" in both territories, which last week had special star appearances by Hong Kong's Tony Leung Ka Fai, China's Fan Bing Bing, director Teddy Chan and producer Peter Chan for the film's promotional tour. Even before its release, "Avatar" scored best-picture nominations at the upcoming Golden Globes and Critics Choice Movie Awards.

However, competition at the box office will heat up during this upcoming Christmas weekend as the classic remake of "Sherlock Holmes" starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law and the family friendly "Alvin And The Chipmunks 2: The Squeakuel" will compete against "Avatar" for the top spot.

Box office takings for the weekend just gone
(17 Dec – 20 Dec)
Malaysia
1. Avatar
2. Vettaikaran
3. Storm Warriors
4. Bodyguards And Assassins
5. Santau
6. The Princess And The Frog
7. Zombieland
8. 2012
9. The Twilight Saga: New Moon
10. Ninja Assassin
Singapore
1. Avatar
2. Bodyguards and Assassins
3. The Storm Warriors
4. The Princess & The Frog
5. Planet 51
6. Twilight Saga: New Moon
7. A Perfect Getaway
8. Couples Retreat
9. 2012
10. A Christmas Carol

Related Movies:
VETTAIKARAN (Tamil) (18 Dec 2009)
STORM WARRIORS (Cantonese) (10 Dec 2009)
Avatar (22 Sep 2022)
The Princess And The Frog (DPFF) (26 Oct 2013)
BODYGUARDS AND ASSASSINS (Mandarin) (18 Dec 2009)
ZOMBIELAND (10 Dec 2009)
SANTAU (Malay) (10 Dec 2009)
PULAU ASMARA (Malay) (17 Dec 2009)
ROCKET SINGH: SALESMAN OF THE YEAR (Hindi) (11 Dec 2009)
Avatar (22 Sep 2022)

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