If it wasn’t for the big east-coast blizzard Avatar‘s weekend tally would have nudged $80 million, I believe. Or at least made it to $77 or $78 million. Instead the projected domestic figure is $73 million, which is fine. Variety‘s Pamela McLintock is reporting that James Cameron‘s film has grossed $220 million to $230 million worldwide. The domestic tally was the second-best December opening. McLintock notes that “a film normally can expect to gross three times its opening weekend, but year-end films can see multiples of four and five.” Which suggests Avatar could end up in the mid $200 million range or (who knows?) even hit $300 million.