Basking in the splendor of an IMAX "Avatar" screening? Ogling Jude Law's spiffy Victorian mustache in "Sherlock Holmes"? Or maybe softly weeping at "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel"? Hollywood thanks each and every one of you!
Domestic theatrical receipts from Friday-Sunday totaled $278 million, which the LA Times credits both to the slate of strong contenders and the year-long trend of everyone seeing lots of movies even though they have no money. Out of the films which debuted this weekend—"Sherlock Holmes," "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel," "It's Complicated," and "Nine,"—only "Nine" flopped. Avatar held onto number one, and it appeared that heavy East Coast snow did indeed depress opening box offices, as its second weekend decline was a modest 3% to $75 million. The weekend caps a spectacular year which saw Box Office receipts pass the $10 billion mark for the first time ever. Good job, everyone. [LAT]
•Fox is about to order more "American Idol" even if Simon Cowell isn't on board. According to THR, "Idol" has been "rocked by rumors that Cowell will depart the show after the upcoming season" to prepare for an American version of "X-Factor." Honestly, I've seen better rocking than that at the local marina. That was awful, just... terrible. No, I'm sorry. Goodbye [THR]
•And, due to some problems with our Variety subscription—which appears to be the only trade rag that didn't shut down completely this weekend—that is our abbreviated trade round up.