James Cameron’s Avatar – because that is how it will always be remembered, took the top spot over the weekend, bringing in $75 million over the weekend.  This makes the grand total for the film to date $212 million.  The Robert Downey Jr. Sherlock Holmes came in second with a respectable $65 million.  Being stuck in family mode for the entire holiday, I wasn’t able to travel to the local cinema to catch any movies, so I’ll leave it up the commenters to express their thoughts on the two films.

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Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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  1. Adam
    December 28, 2009 at 11:21 am — Reply

    Sherlock Holmes was a good movie, well thought out and a good mystery. Avatar, on the other hand, while a good film, was far too long, and didn’t deserve all the attention it got. Why, because, when it comes down to it, Avatar is Dancing with Wolves…..in Space! And with nice graphics.

  2. December 28, 2009 at 3:41 pm — Reply

    My buddy Matt went to see “Avatar” as a sort of stalking horse for our circle. His verdict? The last half-hour was great, but the first two hours were a prettier version of the “Crying Indian” PSA. Overall, he found the woman having a freak-out about accomodating her deaf daughter to be more entertaining.

    Would like to see Sherlock Holmes, though. The more I hear about it, the better it sounds.

  3. December 28, 2009 at 3:45 pm — Reply

    Don’t forget “Last Samurai” and the rest of the “White Man sides with the natives” movies…

    Look, the movie is fun even with all the cliches. I suggest you watch it unless the flaws presented bother you or you easily get caught up in the “nerd snob” hate.

  4. December 28, 2009 at 10:26 pm — Reply

    Film is a perfect analogue with the animation “Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest”.

    Anyway for what it is worth, do your smaller cinemas a favor and check out the 2d prints in circulation; for mine, the 2d version offers a warmer, less-sterile, far more realistic image. Just an observation after seeing both 3d and 2d versions in quick succession.

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