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Avatar sequel is coming

January 8th, 2010


Great news for all Avatar fans, there will be a sequel to Avatar, probably it will even end upĀ  as a trilogy if Cameron gets he’s way.

This should not come as an surprise, Cameron has talked about his plans for sequels earlier, and now when Avatar has become the second most profitable movie of all time there is no question that the studio – Fox – would like to see more Avatar movies made.

Cameron said - “Yes, there’ll be another.” -but that doesn’t necessarily mean that he will direct it. Cameron has only directed two movies in a row for the same franchise once before – Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement day (Cameron’s Aliens was a sequel, but the first Alien movie was not directed by him, it was directed by Ridley Scott).

Cameron has other projects in the works as well, the question is if he will have the time to direct the Avatar sequels himself!

Don’t know if this is newsworthy, but I just saw a Variety Screening Series showing of Avatar at the Arclight theater in Hollywood tonight, followed with a Q&A with James Cameron and two of his visual effects artists. One of the artists mentioned that they’ll never again do this for the first time, meaning that everything they did in the making of Avatar was just a lot of instinctive grasping in the dark.

Cameron agreed with him. He also told him to expect the studio to want another one, as they’d passed the billion $ mark. A second film will be easier, as the technology now exists, thanks to the movie. The moderator asked if there *would* be an Avatar sequel. To which Cameron answered that the plan had always been to make a trilogy of films. Finally, Cameron actually said it: “Yes, there’ll be another.

Source: AICN

Avatar moves up to #2 worldwide and breaks record in China

January 8th, 2010


Avatar is now 2:nd on the worldwide Box Office list. James Cameron can now call himself King of the world AND universe.

1 Titanic $1,842.9 1997
2 Avatar $1,131.8 2009
3 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King $1,119.1 2003
4 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest $1,066.2 2006
5 The Dark Knight $1,001.9 2008

Avatar also broke records when opening in China this Monday.

BEIJING (Hollywood Reporter) – Despite record snowfall and bitter cold, “Avatar” burned up China’s box office, earning about $5 million Monday to set a record for a weekday opening here, Twentieth Century Fox said.

The 22nd century sci-fi movie could be on its way to confirming China as the 21st century’s second-biggest territory for Hollywood blockbusters outside North America.

Although nearly a foot of snow blanketed China’s capital on Sunday and James Cameron’s $1 billion global box office hit didn’t premiere here until midnight that night, moviegoers still lined up in near-zero temperatures for half-price 40 yuan tickets ($5.85) and sold out the show at the Sanlitun Megabox theater.

“The theater was packed with people coming in freezing, bundled up in hats and coats and scarves,” a Megabox ticket seller said on Monday afternoon.

A Monday 4 p.m. show at the Megabox sold out of full-price 80 yuan ($11.71) tickets largely because the heaviest snowfall since 1951 closed Beijing offices and schools, extending the winter weekend.

“Avatar” enjoyed a nationwide cross-media promotion in China, including Cameron’s December 23 appearance in Beijing.

The director is well-known to Chinese for “Titanic,” which grossed $52.7 million here in 1998, a record that was only broken last July, by “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.” The “Transformers” sequel earned 400 million yuan $59 million, making China its No. 2 territory outside North America. “2012″ eclipsed that mark last month, earning $67 million.

Weng Li, spokesman for state-run distributor China Film Group Corp, told news portal on Monday that “Avatar” would “create a boxoffice record of 500 million yuan easily.” That’s a projected $73 million, of which Fox will be allowed by Chinese law to keep roughly 15%, or $11 million.

China’s boxoffice is still small compared with North America’s Government data showed revenue rose from 920 million yuan in 2003 to 4.3 billion yuan ($630 million) in 2008, when China had about 4,000 screens, a number expected to reach 6,000 by 2011. By comparison, in the U.S. in 2008, movies grossed $9.8 billion on roughly 40,000 screens.

Avatar breaks Box Office records

January 3rd, 2010


Avatar continues to rule Box Office both in North America and worldwide. Early reports indicate that Avatar will top the US Box Office for the third straight weekend making $68.3 million, a record for a film in its third weekend of release.

Avatar has now made $352.1 million in North America. If you add the rest of the world gross of 666.7 million $476 million (before new years weekend) you get a total of $828 $1.018 billion. If the rest of the world gross continues to be strong we should expect a total of around $590 million after the new years weekend, that means a total of $941 million worldwide.

Avatar is making a lot of money in other words, lets compare it to the current worldwide record holders at the moment:

1 Titanic $1,842.9
2 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King $1,119.1
3 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest $1,066.2
4 Avatar $1,018.8
5 The Dark Knight $1,001.9
6 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone $974.7
7 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End $961.0
8 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix $938.2
9 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince $929.4
10 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers $925.3

Avatar is now at no. 4 should be no. 7 or 8 worldwide after the new years weekend, and Avatar has only been out for 17 days.

There is no question that Avatar will pass the $1 billion mark, only the fifth movie to do so in history. There is also by now little doubt that it will pass “Lord of the rings: Return of the King” that is currently at 2:nd place on the worldwide list. The only question really, is if Avatar could give another James Cameron movie a run for it’s money, Titanic.

James Cameron is soon to be the only director with two $1+ billion movies.

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Avatar crushed its rivals at the New Year holiday weekend box office in North America and was poised to challenge “The Dark Knight” as the second-biggest movie ever, according to data released on Sunday.

James Cameron’s 3-D sci-fi epic earned $68.3 million in the three days beginning Friday, setting a record for a film in its third weekend of release, distributor 20th Century Fox said. 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. Fox, a unit of News Corp, forecast the film would end up in the $500 million range.

Cameron’s 1997 drama “Titanic,” the biggest film of all time before accounting for inflation, earned $601 million, followed by 2008’s “The Dark Knight” with $533 million. “Star Wars” currently holds the No. 3 berth with $461 million.

“This is like a freight train out of control,” said Fox distribution executive Bert Livingston. “It just keeps on going.”

Even “Titanic” could be threatened. When ticket-price inflation is included, that film had earned $241 million after 17 days, according to tracking firm Box Office Mojo.

Ource: Reuters