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Monday, December 28, 2009

Top 10 Box Office Hit Hollywood Movies for Christmas 2009

This Christmas 2009, Hollywood movie fans flocked to movie houses to support the high-profile films this holiday weekend.

Approximately $278 million made it at the box office which is a record-breaking revenue and beat the July 2008 of approximately $ 253 million wherein The Dark Knight was released.

Avatar, the 3-D epic had the lead earned $75 million for 20th Century Fox, according to studio estimates. Remarkably, it was only down 3 percent from its opening weekend total of $77.4 million. (Blockbuster films usually drop by 30-50 percent in the second weekend.) In 10 days after its release, Avatar has $212 million in the US alone, and can be towards a worldwide gross of over $1 billion.

"This thing is going to be playing and playing, I can tell you that," Bert Livingston, 20th Century Fox distribution executive said. "There's a lot of business out there. Everybody's got good movies out."

The second box office hit film was Sherlock Holmes, Guy Ritchie's reboot of the franchise by starring Robert Downey Jr. as Arthur Conan Doyle's detective. This Warner Bros. film opened with a weekend total of $65.4 million, including a Christmas Day debut record of $24.9 million.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel which opened Wednesday, took in 50.2 million U.S. dollars landed on the third spot and made $77.1 million in the five days of its release. The film, also from Fox, earned an impressive $18.8 million on Wednesday alone. The strong start suggests that Squeakquel was likely to surpass its 2007 original, which made $217 million.

Incidentally, this film also had Filipino internationally-acclaimed singer Charice Pempengco who plays as herself.

Meanwhile, here is the complete list of the Top 10 Box Office Hit Hollywood movies for Christmas 2009 and their earnings so far.

1.0 Avatar, $75 million.

2.0 Sherlock Holmes, $65.4 million.

3.0 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, $50.2 million.

4.0 It's Complicated, $22.1 million.

5.0 Up in the Air, $11.8 million.

6.0 The Blind Side, $11.7 million.

7.0 The Princess and the Frog, $8.7 million.

8.0 Nine, $5.5 million.

9.0 Did You Hear About the Morgans? $5 million.

10.0 Invictus, $4.4 million.

News Source: GMA

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