This Christmas weekend was Hollywood’s biggest-ever box-office weekend, grossing an estimated $278 million.

Riding on top of the numbers was the 3-D epic “Avatar,” starring Zoe Saldana and Laz Alonso, earning $75 million for 20th Century Fox, which made nearly as much as it did on its opening weekend.

Christmas is normally a strong date for Hollywood ticket sales, but as Christmas fell on a Friday this year, it substantially boosted weekend totals. The previous record for weekend sales was the weekend that “The Dark Knight” was released.

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