'Avatar' takes Friday boxoffice

8:26 AM PST 01/30/2010 by Carl DiOrio, AP

'Edge of Darkness' bows at No. 2 with $5.7 million

James Cameron's "Avatar" fetched an estimated $7.5 million in U.S. and Canadian boxoffice on Friday to push its domestic cume to $572 million.

"Titanic" registered $600.8 million domestically in its record 1997-1998 theatrical run. "Avatar" should fly past that mark sometime next week after previously surpassing international and worldwide records that had been held by "Titanic."

Elsewhere on Friday, Warner Bros.' Mel Gibson starrer "Edge of Darkness" bowed in second place with $5.7 million in its first day of domestic release. Disney's romantic comedy "When in Rome," starring Kristen Bell and Josh Duhamel, debuted third among the daily grossers with $4.4 million.

As for pics entering soph sessions, Fox's family comedy "Tooth Fairy" rang up $2.3 million in fifth place Friday for $18.4 million in cumulative boxoffice through its first eight days, while Sony Screen Gems' sci-fi actioner "Legion" was sixth with $2 million on the day and a $23.9 million cume.

CBS Films drama "Extraordinary Measures" tumbled from the top rankings with $760,000 in daily coin and an $8.6 million cume on the cusp of its second weekend.

Elsewhere, Warners' Denzel Washington starrer, "Book of Eli," continued its leggy ways, taking in another $2.5 million on Friday to shape a $68.1 million cume heading into its third frame.
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