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I wouldn't have thought it would be, but it looks like there's quite a box office showdown shaping up for this weekend. The vampires of "Twilight" hit theaters on Wednesday with the long-awaited release of the David Slade-directed third entry in that franchise, "Eclipse." Seems like a surefire weekend winner.

Then "The Last Airbender" came along last night, thumbing its nose at a mounting number of so-so reviews to open at $16 million. And so, a "Last Airbender" weekend box office upset seems possible, if unlikely. The smart money this weekend is definitely on "Eclipse." And I guess I know how this poll is going to go before I run it. But I'm curious to know how many of you think "Airbender" has a shot at toppling the mighty "Twilight" vampires.

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After almost three months in release, "Avatar" will cede 3-D screenings at the end of this week when Disney's long-awaited Tim Burton-directed sequel "Alice in Wonderland" hits theaters. It's a predictably light week at the movies beyond that because really, who wants to compete with the combined drawing power of Burton, Disney, "Alice" and Johnny Depp?

In this new "Alice," the title character returns to the magical world of Wonderland 10 years after her initial visit. Much has changed there, and not for the better. The Red Queen runs the show these days while the fearsome Jabberwock keeps the world's inhabitants living in a state of constant fear. As you might expect, only Alice (Mia Wasikowska) and her pall The Mad Hatter (Depp) can save the day. Read More...

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Last week the MTV readers spoke, naming "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief" as their top choice for the weekend's new releases. The big winner ended up being (unsurprisingly) "Valentine's Day," its $67 million in box office sales easily eclipsing the $38.8 million "Percy" take. Still not a bad haul, all things considered.

This week, your options are far more limited. In addition to what's already out -- and really, how many times can you see "Avatar"? -- only one wide release will hit screens, as well as a handful of limited releases. If you'd like for your voice to be heard in our new weekly video feature #NowPlaying, tweet your thoughts @MTVMoviesBlog with the "nowplaying" hash tag. Hit the jump to vote on your pick for the week. Read More...

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James Cameron's box office juggernaut, "Avatar," is fresh off of owning the weekend box office for the seventh week in a row. The numbers keep slipping though, with number two box office winners gaining more ground on the sci-fi epic each week. Will this be the weekend that "Avatar" falls to number two? Let's take a look at the competition...

Of the two wide releases opening this week, only one threatens to really pull audiences away from "Avatar." It's the Pierre-Morel-directed action flick "From Paris With Love," starring John Travolta and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers. The fairly straightforward story follows two mismatched intelligence agents charged with derailing a terrorist plot. As a "Dune" fan, I'm certainly pro-Morel... but I don't think it's going to topple "Avatar." Read More...

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Is this the week that "Avatar" falls? I'm guessing no, but stranger things have happened. For six straight weeks, James Cameron's sci-fi marvel has captivated viewers with its entertaining story and impressive underlying 3-D tech. The movie is all but guaranteed to crush the all-time box office records held by "Titanic," Cameron's last feature, since 1997. Even if another #1 weekend isn't in the cards, those records are pretty much toast.

The closest competition "Avatar" has is "Edge of Darkness," which threatens to draw some of the Cameron crowd away purely for being the only new, R-rated release this week with fanperson-friendly subject matter. Mel Gibson stars as a homicide detective who uncovers evidence of corporate and government corruption in the course of a murder investigation. Read More...

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The weekly box office results have started to take the shape of a gladiatorial arena. "Avatar" is the champion contender, facing off each week against a new crop of fresh-faced movies that have absolutely no chance of casting a shadow across the phenomenon it has become. Yet. Perhaps the new week will see things change. After all, "The Book of Eli" came closer than any movie released since James Cameron's sci-fi epic to scoring a weekend box office win; it was just $10 million short of "Avatar"'s $41 million.

Three contenders step up to face off against the Na'vi this week. The closest competitor is probably Sony's "Legion," in which Paul Bettany stars as a machine gun-toting fallen angel, humanity's last defense against the Almighty's planned apocalypse. It sounds delightfully loony. I unfortunately haven't been able to check it out yet, but it's my probable pick for the weekend. Read More...

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Let's be honest with ourselves here: "Avatar" is in all likelihood going to dominate the weekend box office once again. It's just the way things are. Sure, the potential always exists that some other mega-release, perhaps "Sherlock Holmes" or "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel," might sneak in for a surprise upset. But the odds continue to heavily favor James Cameron's sprawling sci-fi epic.

That said, there are some solid options this week for those who have had enough of Cameron's blue aliens for the time being. Fans of "Avatar" might be inclined to check out "The Book of Eli," a Denzel Washington-starring post-apocalyptic action flick in which the titular book -- and Washington's Eli, the man who protects it -- could be humanity's last hope. I've got to see this, if for no other reason than because Gary Oldman plays the villain. Read More...

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The first week of 2010 brings some great new possibilities for moviegoers who aren't quite ready for their fourth go-round with smash hit "Avatar." Whether you like your blood drunk or spilled, there's plenty of both in the dark new ensemble action/horror vampire flick "Daybreakers," from Michael and Peter Spierig. Ethan Hawke stars as a vampire scientist who rebels against a society ruled by a bloodsucker majority, linking up with a human survivor underground led by Willem Dafoe. It makes sense. Who's gonna argue with a guy who straps a crossbow to his shotgun?

For those who want to take a break from vampires, "Youth in Revolt" is your answer. The quirky comedy follows Nick Twisp, a young hipster-in-training played by Michael Cera. Nick has a hard time adjusting after his family moves to a trailer park... that is until he meets his new neighbor Sheeni (Portia Doubleday). She's everything Nick is looking for; too bad she's got a boyfriend. "Revolt" also features the talents of Jean Smart, Zach Galifianakis, Steve Buscemi and Ray Liotta. Read More...

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The weekend's sad news concerning Brittany Murphy resulted in a lot of yesterday's content being shunted to today, including this week's Box Office Poll. That scheduling change in no way diminishes that quality of the options available to movie-goers going into the Christmas weekend.

Let's start with "Sherlock Holmes," director Guy Ritchie's action-packed take on the master detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This movie is great, a blockbuster thrill ride that infuses those oh-so-familiar Holmes tropes with Ritchie's instantly recognizable stylistic flair. If you've seen "Avatar" already -- or even if you haven't! -- I highly recommend checking out "Holmes" during the coming holiday weekend. Read More...

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The results of our Box Office Poll are a forgone conclusion this week, but let's do one anyway, if only for laughs. James Cameron's sci-fi epic "Avatar" is going to crush it, no question. Box office dominance for Cameron's long-in-development film -- and his long-awaited return to directing, the first feature-length effort since "Titanic," in 1997 -- is as certain as it was for "New Moon" during its opening week.

People want to see this movie. Even if "Avatar" is an unholy mess, it's going to sell tickets. Fortunately for Cameron and his partners at 20th Century Fox, the movie is not an unholy mess. Far from it, in fact. We'll delve into that later today; for now, let us consider the other options available to moviegoers for the coming weekend. Read More...

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