mel gibson edge of darkness 320 Box Office: 'Avatar' seven peats; Mel Gibson's 'Darkness' beats 'Rome'From the Los Angeles Times’ Company Town.

Mel Gibson may not have the star power he used to, but he cannot be vanquished by a low-budget romantic comedy.

Thriller “Edge of Darkness,” which marked the controversial star’s return to the big screen after a 17-year absence, sold $17.1 million in tickets in the U.S. and Canada this weekend, according to an estimate from distributor Warner Bros. That’s on the high end of expectations based on pre-release surveys and a decent start given that Warner paid $27 million for domestic distribution rights to GK Films, which financed the picture.

Its only new competition, Walt Disney Studios’ romantic comedy “When in Rome,” starring Kristen Bell and Josh Duhamel, debuted to a less-impressive $12.1 million. The so-so start for the modestly budgeted picture was a bit better than other recent disappointing romantic comedies, such as “Leap Year,” which started with just $9.2 million.

avatar 01 320 Box Office: 'Avatar' seven peats; Mel Gibson's 'Darkness' beats 'Rome'“Avatar” continued its winning ways, as ticket sales declined a minuscule 14% to $30 million …

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