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Posted at 1:30 PM ET, 08/29/2010

BOX OFFICE: 'Toy Story 3' tops $1-billion; 'Avatar' extends record

By Michael Cavna


"To one billion -- and beyond!"

"Toy Story 3" has officially done it: By earning millions more this weekend, the Disney/Pixar film has surpassed the billion-dollar mark in worldwide gross -- the first animated film to do so.

The third "Toy Story" film -- and the only film to benefit from charging 3-D ticket prices -- has made $1,012,126,000, according to boxofficemojo.com. That places in seventh all-time, now on the heels of two other Disney films: "Alice in Wonderland" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest."

The film, which made $1,078,000 in North American theaters this weekend, has now grossed $405,726,000. Among animated films, it trails only "Shrek 2" ($441,226,247).

Speaking of extending records: In limited re-release, "Avatar: Special Edition" (with some nine minutes of new footage) grossed $4-million at 812 locations, including $1.6-million from 125 IMAX screens. James Cameron's record-setting film has now grossed $753.8-million domestically.

Elsewhere at the domestic box office: The new "Takers" and ""The Last Exorcism" are neck-and-neck for the weekend's top spot. According to early studio estimates, "Last Exorcism" is edging "Takers," $21.3-million to $21-million. Final numbers are expected Monday afternoon. UPDATE: According to Monday's final weekend numbers, "Taken" ($20,512,304) edged "The Last Exorcism" ($20,366,613) by a fiscal whisker to take the No.-1 spot.

Both films performed above reported studio expectations.

In the third spot, the dethroned "Expendables" grossed $9.5-million and has now made $82-million domestically. Fourth was "Eat Pray Love" ($7-million), which has now grossed $60.7-million domestically.

By Michael Cavna  | August 29, 2010; 1:30 PM ET
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