Friday, January 15, 2010

"Avatar" closing in on "Titanic" record

(Hollywood Reporter) - The four-day Martin Luther King Day weekend features a box office smackdown between "Avatar" and the tag-team pairing of two new pictures.

If James Cameron's behemoth movie manages to beat the newcomers, it would be the first to top the rankings for five consecutive weeks since "The Sixth Sense" in 1999.

It will also keep tongues wagging over its prospects for cruising past Cameron's "Titanic" in the history books.

But the competition appears potentially muscular: Warner Bros. sends out the Denzel Washington action movie "The Book of Eli," and Lionsgate launches the Jackie Chan comedy "The Spy Next Door," a more family-friendly action film.

Last weekend, "Avatar" shrugged off a trio of wide openers in posting the first four-peat performance since "The Dark Knight" in the summer of 2008.

Meanwhile, there's talk of Fox setting "Avatar" for DVD release in ....Read more >>>"Avatar" closing in on "Titanic" record

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