'Avatar' tops 'Legion' at Friday boxoffice

Cameron pic on track for sixth weekend win

As if operating on cruise control, “Avatar” entered its sixth weekend of release once again atop the boxoffice rankings.

The Fox release picked up an estimated $9.1 million in North American theaters on Friday, easily fending off all newcomers. Of the three new wide releases, Sony’s “Legion,” an apocalyptic thriller about avenging angels, showed the most muscle. The R-rated movie directed by Scott Stewart and starring Paul Bettany, flew to second place for the day as it collected 6.7 million in 2,467 theaters.

Wings also figured in Fox’s family comedy “Tooth Fairy,” starring Dwayne Johnson. But the PG movie, directed by Michael Lembeck, didn’t fly quite as high, and with $3.5 million from 3,344 locations, could be found in the fourth spot.

Extraordinary Measures,” the first title from the new CBS Films, lagged behind. Despite the star power of Harrison Ford and Brendon Fraser, the PG-rated medical drama directed by Tom Vaughan, checked in in sixth place, with $2.1 million from 2,549 theaters.

Rounding out the top five, the second weekend of Warner’s end-of-days tale, “Book of Eli,” stood in third place with $5 million. And, in its second weekend of wide release, Paramount’s “The Lovely Bones” was fifth, collecting an additional $2.6 million.