‘Avatar’ lands at No. 1 for fifth straight week

James Cameron‘s 3D sci-fi epic “Avatar” became the first film in a decade to top domestic weekend rankings five straight frames, taking in an estimated $54.6 million during the four-day Martin Luther King holiday weekend.

The rare feat — the first since Disney’s “The Sixth Sense” posted a similar streak in 1999 — pushed U.S. and Canadian cume on “Avatar” to $505.1 million in a record 32 days. Worldwide boxoffice on the Sam Worthington starrer reached $1.64 billion, while a pair of wins in Sunday’s Golden Globes provided fresh fuel in its quest to steam past “Titanic” ($1.84 billion) into the record books.

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