Avatar In Box Office Non-Shocker

Tops the charts for a seventh week

Mel Gibson might have come back to a relatively strong box office launch with Edge Of Darkness, but it couldn't topple the King Of The Box Office.

Yes, while it looks like Avatar might finally go down to a competitor next week (don't bet on it, though), Gibson and director Martin Campbell's film version of the 1980s' classic miniseries opened to $17.1 million, considerably below Avatar's $30 million. Which it took despite being in its seventh week.

Third place went to maligned Disney comedy When In Rome, with the Kristen Bell/Josh Duhamel film surviving both the January dumping ground it was seemingly chucked into and some withering reviews to earn $12 million.

As for the rest of the charts? There was a little movement, but most films stayed roughly where they were last week, with The Tooth Fairy down to fourth with $10 million, The Book Of Eli in fifth place with $8.7 million and Legion sliding down to sixth with $6.8 million.

Of the longer-lived box office residents, The Lovely Bones floated around the limbo middle, Sherlock Holmes clung to eighth, those annoying Chipmunks and their Squeakuel kept earning in ninth and It's Complicated sat at the bottom of the top 10 with a weekend gross of $3.7 million.