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Avatar takes over as The Blind Side drops to No. 3 at the box office

December 22nd, 2009 Comments off

The new smash hit Avatar is No. 1 at the box office this week.

Amazingly enough, however, two of the top three and three of the top six movies still have strong Mississippi connections.

At No. 2 is The Princess and the Frog. One of the main characters uses the voice of a Jackson girl, Elizabeth Dampier. This isn’t the first professional work for the St. Richard Catholic School student. However, this is her biggest work to this point. We can only hope this is the tip of the iceberg for her.

The Princess and the Frog made more than $12 million last week.

At No. 3 and still chugging along is The Blind Side. The story of former Ole Miss offensive lineman and current Baltimore Raven left tackle Michael Oher has become an international sensation. It is truly inspirational.

It made more than $10 million last week.

At No. 6 is Invictus with Mississippi’s Morgan Freeman, who plays South African president Nelson Mandela.

Freeman, already with an Academy Award to his credit, is getting that Oscar buzz again for this movie with Matt Damon that is labeled as one of the most inspirational films of the decade.

Invictus made more than $4 million last week.

But Avatar, with more than $77 million in box office sales, is the new heavyweight champ.

Avatar, according to reviews, takes us to a spectacular world beyond imagination, where the hero fights to save the alien world he has learned to call home. Sounds like a great action thilller.

Regardless of your choice, if you want to see a movie during the holidays, it appears there will be a good one to check out.

The rest of the top 10 includes:

No. 4: Did You Hear About The Morgans ($6.6 million);

No. 5: The Twilight Saga: New Moon ($4.4 million) ;

No. 6: Invictus ($4.2 million);

No. 7: Disney’s A Christmas Carol ($3.4 million);

No. 8: Up In The Air ($3.2 million);

No. 9: Brothers ($2.8 million);

No. 10: Old Dogs ($2.3 million).

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