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"Avatar" passes $1 billion at world box office
Reuters ^ | Sun, Jan 3 | Dean Goodman and Jim Finkle

Posted on 01/03/2010 3:26:36 PM PST by notes2005

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – "Avatar" sped past the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office after three weekends in release, making it the fourth-biggest movie of all time, according to data released on Sunday.

James Cameron's 3-D sci-fi epic earned $1.02 billion, powered by sales of $202 million during the New Year holiday weekend, distributor 20th Century Fox said.

The only movies ahead of it are Cameron's "Titanic" ($1.8 billion), "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" ($1.12 billion), and "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" ($1.07 billion).

North American moviegoers chipped in $68.3 million, setting a record for a film in its third weekend. The old mark of $45 million was set by "Spider-Man" in 2002.

After 17 days in cinemas across the United States and Canada, "Avatar" has earned $352.1 million, placing it at No. 15 among all movies in terms of ticket sales.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


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1 posted on 01/03/2010 3:26:38 PM PST by notes2005
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To: notes2005

Visually stunning it was, and so too lousy with hoary left-wing, anti-American, anti-Republican cliches.


2 posted on 01/03/2010 3:31:18 PM PST by Plutarch
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To: notes2005

“James Cameron’s 3-D sci-fi epic earned $1.02 billion.”

Can he make a 3-D movie that will pay off our national debt too? ;-)


3 posted on 01/03/2010 3:31:51 PM PST by 1776 Reborn
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To: notes2005

Won’t get a penny of my money.


4 posted on 01/03/2010 3:31:56 PM PST by Mmogamer (<This space for lease>)
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To: notes2005

Too bad. This has been a banner year for Hollywood, which I’m afraid means that they will encouraged to make even more cr*ppy movies.


5 posted on 01/03/2010 3:34:29 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Plutarch
Visually stunning it was, and so too lousy with hoary left-wing, anti-American, anti-Republican cliches

Boy that's for sure. So, 150 years in the future, and people still referencing GW?

6 posted on 01/03/2010 3:35:25 PM PST by ecomcon
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To: notes2005

I passed on Avatar and went to see Sherlock Holmes because my daughter was praising Avatar and it’s left wing lean. She said she wanted to live in a tree! (LOL - yeah...with her closet full of shoes) Sherlock Holmes was very fun. Loved it! Despite Robert Downey Jr’s dubious past - he is quite the actor and really plays the role well! Looking forward to a sequel.


7 posted on 01/03/2010 3:37:04 PM PST by nagdt ("speak the truth but leave immediately afterward")
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To: notes2005

Obviously the world population has too much time on their hands to see this Hollywood crapola.


8 posted on 01/03/2010 3:39:33 PM PST by Ev Reeman
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To: notes2005

I have taken Cameron’s message from this movie to heart and have decided to punish all those greedy corporations and bankers by not spending any money on this movie they made called Avatar (or as SP put it, Dances with Smurfs in Space).


9 posted on 01/03/2010 3:40:37 PM PST by TheVitaminPress (as goes the Second Amendment . . . so goes the Constitution.)
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To: notes2005

Oh yeah . . . and does anybody know what the number one movie based on number of tickets sold is?


10 posted on 01/03/2010 3:43:42 PM PST by TheVitaminPress (as goes the Second Amendment . . . so goes the Constitution.)
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To: ecomcon

Bush bashing in 2140? For crying out loud!!


11 posted on 01/03/2010 3:45:20 PM PST by luvbach1 (Worse than we could have imagined.)
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To: TheVitaminPress
Gone With The Wind (1939)
12 posted on 01/03/2010 3:46:34 PM PST by Oratam
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To: Cicero

Saw Sherlock Holmes last night. Pretty good pic, as I’m quite the Baker Street fan.


13 posted on 01/03/2010 3:52:25 PM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: Oratam

Thanks!


14 posted on 01/03/2010 3:52:49 PM PST by TheVitaminPress (as goes the Second Amendment . . . so goes the Constitution.)
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To: notes2005

The numbers don’t make sense. $68 million in North America should be at leastt 50% ot the total.


15 posted on 01/03/2010 3:53:02 PM PST by HospiceNurse
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To: notes2005

Finally saw Avatar last night on IMAX. Midnight show sold out (Manhattan). Visually breathtaking. The bias (worse than I thought) drove me nuts, of course. So I join the loved-it-but-hated-it crowd.

This is *not* a good movie to be playing overseas. It plays into so many stereotypes about the USA.

I told a friend that watching Avatar is like watching 3 hours of the BBC’s Planet Earth. That same mesmerizing feeling.


16 posted on 01/03/2010 3:55:31 PM PST by warpsmith (New Yorkers for Sarah Palin - palinistas.com)
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To: notes2005
After 17 days in cinemas across the United States and Canada, “Avatar” has earned $352.1 million, “

Tiddlywinks.
Activision’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 had sales of $310 million in North America and the UK alone in just 24 hours.
After just 5 days, the game had racked up sales of a staggering $550 million in the US and the UK alone.
Meanwhile, the Avatar video game bombed.
http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=26040
http://www.news.com.au/technology/story/0,28348,26371836-5014239,00.html

17 posted on 01/03/2010 3:57:23 PM PST by SmokingJoe
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To: notes2005

This has been a long weekend of movies for me, and I NEED to see a really GOOD one. Actually, I did see one: the new Disney Princess movie. The Princess and the Frog. For once, Disney’s princess has a dream that she knows takes years of hard work to achieve. She is not after only finding her prince. She happens to fall in love, but it’s not her only goal in life.

The animation was sensational and HAND DRAWN. The location is New Orleans, so the music was excellent. The characters were wonderful. The story was quite original. Conservatives, take your kids to this one without fear.

I felt that “Up in the Air” and “Sherlock Holmes” were serious meh. Even though the stars were some serious eye candy for us girls.

Sadly tonight Jim Cameron gets some bucks from us. I have teenage boys, sorry.


18 posted on 01/03/2010 3:58:48 PM PST by Yaelle (thanking G-d for Rush Limbaugh's health)
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To: warpsmith

Did you bite your tongue to keep from booing during the scene where they talked about how they killed their mother (earth)...blah.


19 posted on 01/03/2010 3:58:48 PM PST by ThisLittleLightofMine
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To: SmokingJoe

It’s kind of unfair comparing video game revenuews to movie revenues. Video games run for $50 a pop at least, while average movie ticket price is listed at $7.18. So it takes 49 million tickets for Avatar to make $352 million, while it only takes 11 million buys for Call of Duty to make $550 million.


20 posted on 01/03/2010 4:05:03 PM PST by discostu (The Bluebird of Happiness long absent from his life, Ned is visited by the Chicken of Depression)
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To: TheVitaminPress
Gone with the Wind is the all time highest grossing movie in America, if revenues are adjusted for ticket price inflation.
http://boxofficemojo.com/alltime/adjusted.htm
21 posted on 01/03/2010 4:10:22 PM PST by SmokingJoe
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To: notes2005
My girl and I went to see Avater IMAX tonight.

BUT, the next three shows were sold out! Even the regular Avatar 3D was sold out all night. So we saw Sherlock Holmes instead.

BTW, this was on the upper west side of Manhattan. This is going to be the biggest grossing movie ever.

22 posted on 01/03/2010 4:12:56 PM PST by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

I had mixed feelings about Sherlock Holmes. The Holmes I know is a man of the intellect. Yet this film was non-stop violence. Also, I can’t imagine Sherlock Holmes going about looking like a scruffy Hollywood star on the cover of People magazine. In the Victorian age, no gentleman went out unless he was properly dressed.

On the other hand, I loved Fantastic Mr. Fox, which I saw at Thanksgiving with my family.


23 posted on 01/03/2010 4:13:54 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: warpsmith

See my post #22.


24 posted on 01/03/2010 4:14:30 PM PST by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: Mmogamer

Same here. Not a nickel from me.
Even politics aside. The story is cookie cutter and nothing is original at all. It’s all recycled and tired.

This isn’t sci fi, it’s a very expensive and pretty fairy tale.


25 posted on 01/03/2010 4:15:34 PM PST by Names Ash Housewares
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To: Plutarch

I knew the story ahead of time, but walked out with my jaw dropping on the special effects. I really like where it put the bar.


26 posted on 01/03/2010 4:15:39 PM PST by Molon Labbie
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To: notes2005

It was like watching and listening to a blender full of marbles for 3 hours.


27 posted on 01/03/2010 4:17:55 PM PST by blackminorca
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To: Mmogamer

You can still see what the fuss is about for free here:
http://www.tvpc.com/Movie.php?MovieID=873


28 posted on 01/03/2010 4:18:30 PM PST by SmokingJoe
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To: Plutarch

Republicans ARE those blue aliens, in harmony with their economic environment, but under threat from outside forces. The movie is great.


29 posted on 01/03/2010 4:19:01 PM PST by Tax Government (Democrats: dealers in economic crack.)
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To: TheVitaminPress
That is why Capitalists need to punish movies that are anti-capitalist by pirating them. Just rent them and burn a copy. If they want to preach against profit they should not earn any.
30 posted on 01/03/2010 4:22:56 PM PST by DHSMostWanted (Unelect Benedict Nelson in 2012.)
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To: SmokingJoe

Thanks for the link!


31 posted on 01/03/2010 4:24:49 PM PST by TheVitaminPress (as goes the Second Amendment . . . so goes the Constitution.)
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To: Plutarch

Leftists are brilliant propagandists. They use cutting edge art and technology and throw in their leftist storyline as an unmentioned oh-by-the-way, and people soak in the message. Conservatism is completely absent on this very important playing field. Instead of trying to buy a football team, Limbaugh should buy a movie studio.


32 posted on 01/03/2010 4:24:59 PM PST by Huck (The Constitution is an outrageous insult to the men who fought the Revolution." -Patrick Henry)
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To: discostu
Video games cost more than movie tickets yes, but then MW2 is
# 1. Adult rated, so leaving out a big chunk of the population
# 2 . Bought mostly by young adult males, leaving out women, old folks and most of the population.
# 3. Has over 90% of it's sales on the XBOX 360 and the PS3, which combined have an install base of just 60 million.
# 4. Avatar on the other hand, is open to the entire 6 billion population on the planet, including housewives, grand parents, etc, plus lots of people pay multiple times to watch it.

All that makes MW2’s records even more impressive.

33 posted on 01/03/2010 4:28:08 PM PST by SmokingJoe
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To: Yaelle

I took my young daughter to see The Princess and the Frog on Friday fully expecting to be, at best, underwhelmed. I was surprised though . . . it was rather good. And the sub message of working hard to achieve your goals and taking responsibility for your own life was just as pleasant and just as surprising.


34 posted on 01/03/2010 4:30:02 PM PST by TheVitaminPress (as goes the Second Amendment . . . so goes the Constitution.)
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To: DHSMostWanted

He won’t be getting any money from me!


35 posted on 01/03/2010 4:33:55 PM PST by TheVitaminPress (as goes the Second Amendment . . . so goes the Constitution.)
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To: Molon Labbie
I knew the story ahead of time, but walked out with my jaw dropping on the special effects. I really like where it put the bar.

What you said!

I think word of mouth is keeping the money flowing in. Yeah, the plot is cliched, the acting is cheesy and the action scenes are too few and far between the long, boring, preachy parts. But the visual effects are just stunning. Pure eye candy. Avatar is the new state of the art.

36 posted on 01/03/2010 4:35:44 PM PST by Drew68
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To: TheVitaminPress

You are welcome.


37 posted on 01/03/2010 4:40:35 PM PST by SmokingJoe
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To: Tax Government
Hey my wife and I saw the movie this afternoon. 3D IMax and it was awesome. The ref's to Bush were quickly dismissed as trash and we BOTH left with the same feeling as you state:

Republicans ARE those blue aliens, in harmony with their economic environment, but under threat from outside forces. The movie is great.

People are not stupid. We all know which party is the party of death and destruction. The movie is truly EPIC
38 posted on 01/03/2010 4:48:27 PM PST by BornToBeAmerican
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To: ThisLittleLightofMine

My eyes rolled many times behind those 3D glasses.

The company and mercenaries were d*cks for sure, but REALLY??? Who on Earth would believe such outlandish leftist-contrived caricatures?


39 posted on 01/03/2010 4:52:41 PM PST by VanDeKoik (Iran doesnt have a 2nd admendment. Ya see how that turned out?)
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To: nagdt

same here, chose Holmes over avatar, won’t be wasting my cash on a left leaning video game


40 posted on 01/03/2010 4:53:15 PM PST by JWinNC (www.anailinhisplace.net)
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To: BornToBeAmerican

This is depressing. Communist drek and propaganda dressed up in dazzling technicals.


41 posted on 01/03/2010 4:56:05 PM PST by WashingtonSource
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To: WashingtonSource
This is depressing. Communist drek and propaganda dressed up in dazzling technicals.

What's really depressing is seeing these kinds of knee-jerk, brain-stem characterizations from someone who has not seen the movie or who has ideological filters so glued in place that nothing can be seen that is not tinted by those filters.
42 posted on 01/03/2010 4:58:40 PM PST by aruanan
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To: notes2005
"Avatar" passes $1 billion at world box office

Capitalism, A Love Story.

43 posted on 01/03/2010 5:00:29 PM PST by silent_jonny (" ... lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven ... " Matthew 6:19-21)
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To: WashingtonSource
Incidentally, my wife and I walked out of ‘Happy Feet’
44 posted on 01/03/2010 5:01:46 PM PST by BornToBeAmerican
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To: Tax Government

Bookmark for later.


45 posted on 01/03/2010 5:02:00 PM PST by MaryFromMichigan
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To: notes2005
Funny how many conservatives are against this movie without seeing it.

You have to be some strange breed of disgusting cretin to root for a global corporation that hires mercenaries to murder thousands of women and children (even if they are blue). The hero is a (former) Marine who does the right thing.

Yes, there was leftwing propaganda dispersed, but I enjoyed the movie thoroughly.

46 posted on 01/03/2010 5:18:05 PM PST by douginthearmy
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To: 1776 Reborn

He could create a roller coaster ride based on its soaring heights and twists and turns.


47 posted on 01/03/2010 5:23:44 PM PST by tbw2 (Freeper sci-fi - "Humanity's Edge" - on amazon.com)
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To: notes2005

This is bullcrap. Adjust the dollars back to the movies they are being compared to. It’s 7-8 bucks to see a movie now. Star Wars in 1977 dollars probably kicks this movies’ ass.


48 posted on 01/03/2010 5:24:20 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: luvbach1

The main character, Jake Sully, is in a wheel chair because the government cannot afford to regrow a wounded soldier’s spine, though the rich can have it done.
The “security chief” is pretty much an evil military guy clone, even looks like GI Joe with a mean snarl.
They don’t bash Bush specifically. They bash evil corporations, greedy businesses, worship of money.


49 posted on 01/03/2010 5:29:04 PM PST by tbw2 (Freeper sci-fi - "Humanity's Edge" - on amazon.com)
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To: Plutarch

It didn’t look visually stunning to me from the commercials. The characters’ faces looked awful.


50 posted on 01/03/2010 5:35:23 PM PST by TheThinker ( Reverend Wright obviously cheered on 9/11. Did Obama?)
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