Box office: 'Avatar' holds off 'Book of Eli'

avatar-jake-navi-320.jpg"Avatar" remained king of the box-office world for the fifth straight week, holding off "The Book of Eli" for top spot.

James Cameron's movie raked in an additional $41.3 million for the weekend of Jan. 15-17, based on studio estimates. Its total take is now above $490 million domestically, which ranks third all-time at the domestic box office, behind only "Titanic" and "The Dark Knight." (Adjusting for inflation, "Gone with the Wind" remains the all-time champ.)

"The Book of Eli," which led Friday's returns with $11.7 million, ended the weekend with $31.6 million. "The Lovely Bones" shot up to third as it expanded from three screens to more than 2,500, earning $17.06 million. "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel" ($11.5 million) and "Sherlock Holmes" ($9.8 million) rounded out the top five. The weekend's other wide release, "The Spy Next Door," was sixth with $9.7 million.

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