cheap leather ugg boots uk Avatar tops Christmas box office in US and Canada
The estimated $278m (174m) in weekend ticket sales broke the previous record of $253m (158m) set in July 2008, the weekend The Dark Knight was released.
Sci fi epic Avatar took $75m (47m) in its second weekend, according to early studio estimates.
Sherlock Holmes, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel and It’s Complicated all enjoyed strong debuts.
In its 10 days of release, Avatar has made $212m (132.6m) in the US, and could be on its way to grossing more than $1bn (625.6m) worldwide.
“This thing is going to be playing and playing, I can tell you that,” said Bert Livingston, 20th Century
Fox distribution executive. “There’s a lot of business out there. Everybody’s got good movies out.”
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, which opened on Wednesday, took in $50.2m (31.4m) at the weekend and $77.1m (48.2m) in its five days of release.
It’s Complicated, a love triangle comedy starring Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin, opened in fourth place with $22.1m (13.8m) in takings.
In fifth place with $11.8m (7.26m) was Up in the Air, starring George Clooney in the acclaimed story of a corporate downsizer who questions his role in life.