FLOP POP FIZZLE, The Obligatory Weekend B.O. Report: James Cameron Is King Of The World Once Again, ‘Avatar’ Reaches $1B In Worldwide Ticket Sales
With no new releases opening this weekend, the first box office figures of 2010 look a lot like 2009. Avatar continued to build on strong word of mouth to take the top spot once again. Should James Cameron happen to get another Oscar for directing the 3D epic, maybe this time he can change his “King of the World” boast from his 1997 Titanic speech to “King of the Universe”, seeing as the 3D epic, which took in another $68M domestically, has crossed the $1B threshold in worldwide ticket sales.
Sherlock Holmes held onto the number two spot, taking in another $38M for a new cume of $141M. Naturally, with its strong performance at the box office, there’s already talk of a sequel.
One thing that you probably won’t be seeing in the follow up is any homosexual subtext between Robert Downey Jr.’s Sherlock and Jude Law‘s Watson. Executors of Arthur Conan Doyle‘s estate have threatened to withdraw the rights to the novels after seeing Downey Jr.’s December 16 appearance on The David Letterman Show where, before he introduced a clip of the film, asked the audience whether or not the Holmes was:
a very butch homosexual.”
According to WENN, Andrea Plunket, who owns the U.S. rights, responded to the talk show appearance, saying:
I hope this is just an example of Mr Downey’s black sense of humour. It would be drastic, but I would withdraw permission for more films to be made if they feel that is a theme they wish to bring out in the future. I am not hostile to homosexuals, but I am to anyone who is not true to the spirit of the books.”
I think Plunket failed to mention the most valid reason for denying the rights. Namely, that Guy Ritchie‘s adaptation is about as true to the spirit of the books as The Bonfire of the Vanities or The Scarlet Letter starring Demi Moore were to their literary sources. Although, for anyone that caught a glimpse of Ritchie’s 2002 Madonna vehicle Swept Away, it could have been much worse.
1. Avatar (Fox) $68.3M, Cume $352M
2. Sherlock Holmes (Warner Bros.) $38.4M, $141M
3. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (Fox) $36.6M, $157M
4. It’s Complicated (Universal) $18.7M, 59.1M
5. The Blind Side (Warner Bros.) $12.7M, Cume $209M
6. Up in the Air (Cold Spring) $11.3M, Cume $45M
7. The Princess and the Frog (Disney) $10M, Cume $86.1M
8. Did You Hear About The Morgans? (Columbia) $5M, Cume $25.5M
9. Nine (The Weinstein Company) $4.25M, Cume $14M
10. Invictus (Warner Bros.) $4.13M, Cume $39.8M