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Weekend Box Office: Behold the dregs of January

With some exceptions—The Silence Of The Lambs being the most prominent— the first two months of any year are traditionally a dumping ground for studio embarrassments, so it comes as no surprise that a trio of indifferently received (or worse) films posed no threat to Avatar in its fourth week. At $48.5 million, James Cameron’s unstoppable juggernaut grossed nearly three times its nearest competitors, Sherlock Holmes ($16.6 million) and Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Quickening ($15 million) respectively, which have performing steadily since Christmas. (If it’s possible to approach $200 million cumulative quietly, these films have managed it in Avatar’s shadow.)

That left the week’s new wide releases in a battle for fourth. Cashing in on the public’s lust for all things vampire-related, the modestly-budgeted Daybreakers opened at #4 with $15 million, and will have no doubt earned a straight-to-DVD sequel or two as a reward. The ultra-mild Amy Adams romantic comedy Leap Year opened in sixth at $9.2 million, her second straight disappointment following the D.O.A. Amelia Earhart biopic from last fall. That left poor Youth In Revolt to bow all the way down in ninth place with $7 million, deepening the problems at The Weinstein Company after Nine’s failure to launch.

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Nothing much happening on the indie circuit, but it’s worth noting that Tim Allen’s directorial debut, Crazy On The Outside, despite a cast featuring Sigourney Weaver, Ray Liotta, J.K. Simmons, Kelsey Grammar, and Allen himself, opened to a mere $1,000 per screen average. Ouch.

For more detailed numbers, visit Box Office Mojo.

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