Moviegoers shatter box-office records

NEW YORK CITY - December 28, 2009

The Christmas weekend busted box office records - taking in $278 million.

That shatters the previous mark of about $253 million set in July, 2008 - when "The Dark Knight" was released.

Leading the way at the box office this past weekend was "Avatar" - which took in $75 million.

Remarkably, that was only a 3 percent drop from its opening weekend total of $77.4 million.

In its 10 days of release, "Avatar" has made $212 million domestically - and could be on its way to a worldwide gross of over $1 billion.

"Sherlock Holmes," came in second, followed by "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel," "It's Complicated" and "Up In The Air."

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