John Travolta plays a trigger-happy CIA agent in 'From Paris With Love' and Channing Tatum plays a soldier desperately in love in 'Dear John, ' but neither of these past and present screen heartthrobs figures to stop James Cameron's 'Avatar' from sailing through to its eighth straight weekend atop the box office chart.

With nine Oscar nominations added to its Golden Globe awards, 'Avatar' is off to the February start that Cameron and his distributor Fox had planned months ago. I doubt they thought they would have broken 'Titanic's' records for domestic and worldwide box office receipts by this point, but here they are, clear of the field and with a tail-wind that will push them to their March 7 Oscar date and beyond.