Archive for December, 2009

Avatar holds on to #1 spot at the Box Office

December 27th, 2009

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It was a very busy holiday weekend at the box office, perhaps one of the busiest of all-time, as James Cameron’s 3D outer-space epic Avatar just barely beats out three highly-anticipated new holiday films to take the number one spot in the box office for a second week in a row. Avatar, which is now in approximately 3,456 theaters enjoyed some terrific word-of-mouth making $21,701 per theater for an additional $75 million in its second week of release. In two weeks Avatar has now made an estimated $212 million, which is very close to recouping its purported $237 million production budget and is posed to make back the estimated $150 million that 20th Century Fox spent on marketing and advertising.

1. Avatar – $75 million
2. Sherlock Holmes – $65.3 million
3. Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Squeakuel – $50.2 million
4. It’s Complicated – $22.1 million
5. Up In The Air – $11.75 million
6. The Blind Side – $11.73 million
7. The Princess and the Frog – $8.6 million
8. Nine – $5.5 million
9. Did You Hear About The Morgans? – $5 million
10. Invictus – $4.3 million

Source: MovieWeb

Avatar makes $242.5 million worldwide opening weekend

December 21st, 2009

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James Cameron launched his science-fiction epic “Avatar” into a safe orbit as the costly film soared to No. 1 with $73 $77 million domestically and $159.2 $165.5 million overseas, for a $232.2 $242.5 million worldwide total.

With that big a start, distributor 20th Century Fox was quick to proclaim it made a good investment with the estimated $400 million spent to make and market the film, which is Cameron’s first narrative feature since 1997’s “Titanic,” the king of modern blockbusters.

“Absolutely. No question,” said Chris Aronson, head of distribution for the studio, which reported stellar reaction in exit polls from audiences after seeing “Avatar.” “The word of mouth is something that I don’t know I’ve ever seen in this business before.”

“Avatar” was a test case for the future of digital 3-D projection, which until now has been a hit with audiences mainly on animated family films.

The film fell short of the record for December debuts of $77.2 million set two years ago by Will Smith’s “I Am Legend.” But it did break the record for a film opening in 3-D, previously held by last summer’s “Up” with $68.1 million.

“What they spent on this movie was totally justified, and they’re going to more than earn it back,” said Paul Dergarabedian, box-office analyst for Hollywood.com.

Source: MSNBC

Avatar makes $27 million opening day

December 19th, 2009

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Avatar is off with a good start at the box office.

James Cameron’s space fantasy “Avatar” has launched with a solid $27 million opening day at the box office.

Storms in the East likely will hurt the movie’s prospects to approach the December opening weekend record of $77.2 million set by Will Smith’s “I Am Legend.”

“Avatar” did almost as much business Friday as Cameron’s last narrative film, 1997’s “Titanic,” over its entire opening weekend. “Titanic” had a $28.6 million debut weekend, but remained afloat for months at the top of the box office as it took in a record $600 million domestically.

Source: AP

Time to hit the movies

December 18th, 2009

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The day has finally arrived, Avatar premier day.

It’s been a long wait, and it’s finally over. 11 hours from now I will sit down in a comfortable chair at my local cinema. I feel like a kid waiting for Santa, I’m that excited.

Reviews all over the world seem to be very positive, I’ve never read so many reviews that talk about a move as a “game changer” or a movie as an “experience” the way they do about Avatar.

A while ago I posted a poll asking you to predict Avatar’s box office numbers the fist weekend, I predicted $145 Million, but most of you (35% at the moment) predicts above $175 Million. That is really high predictions! The “box office gurus” out there seems to predict a figure around $75 Million.

Avatar will premiere at 3,453 theaters including a record 178 IMAX screens. The Dark Knight hold the record for widest release at 4,366 screens as well as biggest opening weekend ($158 Million). That’s 900 fewer screens for Avatar so it may be hard to beat TDK.

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Complete Avatar scene

December 14th, 2009

Jake must select a banshee for riding or, at least the banshee must choose him.

Early Avatar reviews are positive

December 11th, 2009


Avatar had it’s first screening in London yesterday, and the buzz is very positive. Some newspapers that were there have already published their reviews and so far they are 100% positive according to rottentomatos.com. Head over to rottentomatos.com to read the full reviews.

Early buzz on twitter and blogs around the net also confirm this positive buzz, Avatar are looking to be a great success judging from early reviews. I can’t wait till next Friday when I get to experience Avatar for myself the first time.

Welcome to Pandora – a video introduction

December 9th, 2009

This is a great video introduction of Pandora narrated by Sigourney Weaver. I can’t wait to visit Pandora myself.

Final Avatar poster

December 9th, 2009

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The final Avatar poster is here, click the image for larger view.

Relive James Cameron’s live facebook interview

December 8th, 2009

MTV and facebook held a 30 minutes interactive live interview with James Cameron, Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana last Thursday. Now you can relive it here on avatarplanet.net or over at MTV.com.

Moviegoers got a sneak peek at one of the year’s most anticipated films on Thursday, straight from legendary director Jim Cameron himself. Unsurprisingly, when the “Avatar” director held court for an exclusive MTV Q&A online, one of the most eye-opening questions came from a fan.

AVTR.com is live

December 8th, 2009

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The viral marketing site for Avatar -  avtr.com – has gone live whit a lot of new content. It’s a fictional site where RDA (Resource Development Administration), the ones who are responsible for mining on Pandora, gives you news updates about whats happening on Pandora.

The Resource Development Administration has selected reporter Alison Boyd to bring Earth an in-depth look into the AVATAR program. Reporting from Pandora, Alison’s reports focus on day-to-day life and the supporting tools utilized by the RDA to carry out its mission. Boyd’s distinguished career includes covering geo-political events as well as being embedded in conflict zones.

One of the coolest things about the site, if you have a web cam, is the ability to interact with a virtual 3D helicopter (a Scorpion Gunship). Kinda hard to explain, just visit the site to have a look.