Skip to comments."Avatar" passes $1 billion at world box office
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.
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Visually stunning it was, and so too lousy with hoary left-wing, anti-American, anti-Republican cliches.
“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? ;-)
Won’t get a penny of my money.
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.
Boy that's for sure. So, 150 years in the future, and people still referencing GW?
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.
Obviously the world population has too much time on their hands to see this Hollywood crapola.
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).
Oh yeah . . . and does anybody know what the number one movie based on number of tickets sold is?
Bush bashing in 2140? For crying out loud!!
Saw Sherlock Holmes last night. Pretty good pic, as I’m quite the Baker Street fan.
The numbers don’t make sense. $68 million in North America should be at leastt 50% ot the total.
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.
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.
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.
Did you bite your tongue to keep from booing during the scene where they talked about how they killed their mother (earth)...blah.
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.
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.
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.
See my post #22.
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.
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.
It was like watching and listening to a blender full of marbles for 3 hours.
You can still see what the fuss is about for free here:
Republicans ARE those blue aliens, in harmony with their economic environment, but under threat from outside forces. The movie is great.
Thanks for the link!
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.
All that makes MW2’s records even more impressive.
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.
He won’t be getting any money from me!
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.
You are welcome.
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?
same here, chose Holmes over avatar, won’t be wasting my cash on a left leaning video game
This is depressing. Communist drek and propaganda dressed up in dazzling technicals.
Capitalism, A Love Story.
Bookmark for later.
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.
He could create a roller coaster ride based on its soaring heights and twists and turns.
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.
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.
It didn’t look visually stunning to me from the commercials. The characters’ faces looked awful.
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