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Avatar, Sherlock Holmes Help Break Box Office Records

Updated 4:39 PM CST, Tue, Jan 3, 2012

"Avatar" topped $1 billion at the box office, and is on pace to break the record set by "Titanic."
20th Century Fox

A lot of people wrapped-up their holiday weekend with a movie, and the box office has record-breaking profits to show for it.

Americans set record attendance at the movies this weekend, with $278-million in ticket sales, breaking the previous record of $253-million set in July of 2008.

The diverse offerings have helped draw in the crowds. The 3-D animated spectacular "Avatar" was number one for the second week in a row. Guy Ritchie’s version of "Sherlock Holmes" placed second, "Alvin and the Chipmunks: the Squeakquel" came in third, at fourth the romantic comedy "It’s Complicated", and at number five, "Up in the Air" – a little something for everyone.

Even with the recession movies have been a relatively cheap form of entertainment. Hollywood insiders expect the moment to continue through the holidays – a happy Hollywood ending for the biggest box office year of all time.

First Published: Dec 28, 2009 9:28 AM CST
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