Avatar Rakes In $1B

Cutting-edge film passes milestone in 17 days
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jan 4, 2010 4:43 AM CST
Film director James Cameron speaks during a press conference about his new 3D movie Avatar in Beijing.   (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
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(Newser) – Cutting-edge techie-dream movie Avatar has netted $1 billion in ticket sales in record time as holiday film goers spent another weekend packing theaters. Avatar raked in $63.8 million over the New Year's weekend to boost it over the billion-dollar milestone in just 17 days. Sherlock Holmes, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, It's Complicated and The Blind Side rounded out the top five movies of the weekend.

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