Avatar pulls in $9.5 million on IMAX screens

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Posted: Dec 21, 2009 8:29 AM

IMAX Corp. said Monday the film "Avatar" made $9.5 million in ticket sales during its opening weekend in 178 of its theaters in the U.S.

"Avatar," a science fiction thriller directed by James Cameron and released by News Corp.'s Twentieth Century Fox, took in roughly 13 percent of the total sales in IMAX theaters, the company said. Total domestic sales came to $73 million.

The movie made another $4.1 million internationally on 58 screens, IMAX said.

IMAX plans to release the film in 25 more locations in the next few weeks, including theaters in China and Japan.

IMAX shares rose 36 cents, or 2.9 percent, to $12.90 in premarket trading.