Having already zoomed past Titanic at the worldwide box office, Fox's Avatar is now on the verge of topping Titanic at the unadjusted domestic box office. James Cameron's sci-fi phenomenon continued to lead the daily box office on Monday with $2.70 million, which was down a slim 17 percent from last Monday and brings the film's domestic cume to $598.45 million. That places Avatar only $2.34 million away from Titanic, which means that Avatar will break Titanic's domestic record today. Avatar has now moved into the top twenty on the all-time adjusted chart and will continue to move up on that list throughout February given the film's tremendous holding power and its Academy Award nomination for Best Picture.
Warner's Edge of Darkness remained in second place with $1.32 million. The R-rated thriller starring Mel Gibson was down 70 percent from Sunday. That represented a solid hold for the day given the type of daily decreases wide releases experienced on Monday. Edge of Darkness has grossed $18.53 million through its first four days of release, which is on the low end of expectations and places the film 18.5 percent behind the pace of last year's Law Abiding Citizen.
When in Rome placed in third with $0.78 million. Disney's romantic comedy starring Kristen Bell and Josh Duhamel was down 72 percent from Sunday and has grossed a very respectable $13.13 million in its first four days. When in Rome is performing on the high end of expectations and continues to run 34 percent ahead of the pace of Universal's recent Leap Year.
Warner's The Book of Eli finished in fourth with $0.74 million. The R-rated Denzel Washington vehicle was down 70 percent from Sunday and down 43 percent from last Monday. The Book of Eli passed the $75 million mark yesterday, making it the first release of 2010 to do so. The Book of Eli will pass the $80 million mark next weekend, but is currently on pace to fall just short of the $100 million milestone.
Legion rounded out the day's top five with $0.63 million. On the heels of experiencing a sharp second weekend decline, the modestly budgeted Screen Gems release was down 70 percent from Sunday and down 51 percent from last Monday. Legion has grossed $29.65 million through 11 days and will clear the $30 million mark today.
In addition to Avatar, a number of Oscar Nominees for Best Picture are still playing in theatres. Current total grosses for those films include $238.14 million for The Blind Side, $73.48 million for Up in the Air, $45.47 million for Precious and $8.80 million for An Education (through Sunday).