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With $32M haul, tearjerking chick flick unseats blue beings after 8 weeks
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 7, 2010 1:37 PM CST
File-- In this Jan. 28, 2010 film director James Cameron poses for photographers prior to the opening of the movie Avatar in Davos, Switzerland. It was announced on Tuesday Feb. 2, 2010, that the science-fiction...   (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
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(Newser) – For the first time in 2010, a movie other than Avatar ruled the weekend box office, as the Nicholas Sparks chick flick Dear John unseated the sci-fi phenomenon with a $32.4 million debut. James Cameron's latest, which opened Dec. 18, did $23.6 million to finish second and run its domestic total to $630.1 million. It has already passed Cameron's Titanic as the all-time international box office champ.

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