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Avatar DVD and Blu-ray information

January 27th, 2010


I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the upcoming release of the Avatar DVD and Blu-ray this past weeks.

Cameron has said that he anticipates the film to arrive on DVD and Blu-ray sometime June-August, but doesn’t expect a 3D version of the film to be released immediately.

He said this in December, before he knew what level of success Avatar would have, so maybe it’s more likely that we get the DVD and Blu-ray release somewhere around September-November since Avatar still performs strong at the Box Office.

Probably the initial Blu-ray release of Avatar won’t be in 3-D and then a subsequent release will be in 3-D. That’s my guess right now. So we will probably put out a disk, you know, in six or eight months, let’s call it six months, and then after that we will have a 3-D disc when there are enough sets available.

In regards to any special content, Cameron revealed that there are about 10 to 12 minutes of footage that may be included on the home video release either as deleted scenes or as part of an extended edition.  One scene in particular focuses on Worthington’s character Jake Sully in his Avatar form, hunting a Sturmbeest — which is no longer seen in the movie.

MTV: Is there a sequence or two that you can describe for me that maybe will make it — whether it’s a director’s cut or an expanded edition — on DVD?

Cameron: …It’s a creature you no longer see in the movie,” Cameron said. “[Sully] has to learn how to hunt through the air and do this incredibly brave thing, and then after the hunt they have this big festival and they dance and there’s a drunk scene with [Na'vi member] Tsu’tey, which is Laz Alonso’s character, which is actually pretty damn funny.

Source: Your entertainment now

Avatar now the Biggest Movie Ever Worldwide

January 27th, 2010


So, at last it’s official, Avatar is the top grossing movie of all time worldwide. Who would have thought that just a month and a half ago?

Yesterday a lot of news sources reported this but it’s not until today we have the official figures to back it up. As you can see in the table below Avatar now stands at $1.858.6 billion.

This comes after the sixth straight $100+ million weekends worldwide, and Avatar is showing almost no signs of slowing down anytime soon. 2$ billion worldwide is a lock, the real question is how far above $2 billion it will eventually land.

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1 Avatar $1,858.6
2 Titanic $1,843.2
3 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King $1,119.1
4 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest $1,066.2
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 $934.0
10 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers $925.3

Avatar tops Box Office for SIXTH consecutive weekend

January 25th, 2010


Avatar tops Box Office for sixth consecutive weekend as it earned $36 million. Avatar is only the second film in history to reign the Box Office for this long, guess what other film has accomplished this – yep, that’s right – Titanic.

Up until now we have compared Avatar to Titanic’s performance, soon however, Avatar will cruise on new water. Avatar now stands at a total of $552.8 million in North America, only $49 million shy of Titanic’s total  gross. Avatar has now also passed The Dark Knight at the North American Box Office and only has Titanic in front of it.

International figures are lagging a bit in reporting Box Office figures, but you can soon expect reports that Avatar has taken over the number one spot on the World Wide Box Office gross list. And soon after that there will be reported that Avatar became the first movie in history to gross $2+ billion.

Stay tuned… (or subscribe to my RSS-feed or follow me on Twitter for coming updates)

2010 Golden Globe Awards – Best Motion Picture and Director = Avatar

January 18th, 2010

Avatar won the two most prestigious awards at the Golden Globe Awards ,Best motion picture – Drama, and best Directing – James Cameron.

The Golden globes are a strong indicator of where the Oscars will go, so it looks promising for the future as well.

Best Motion Picture – Drama

Avatar tops Box Office for fifth straight weekend

January 17th, 2010


Avatar steams ahead at the Box Office. For the fifth straight weekend Avatar tops the Box Office in North America with $41.3million and has now amassed a total of $492 million in North America alone. Avatar is the first film since 1999’s The Six Sense to top the Box Office for five straight weeks.

It looks more and more certain that Avatar eventually will beat Titanic’s record of $600.8 millions at the North American Box Office. The current no.2,  The Dark Knight, stands at $533.3 million and will probably be passed by Avatar next weekend.

1 Avatar Fox $41,300,000 $491,767,000
2 The Book of Eli WB $31,615,000 $31,615,000
3 The Lovely Bones P/DW $17,060,000 $17,527,000
4 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel Fox $11,500,000 $192,592,000
5 Sherlock Holmes WB $9,825,000 $180,018,000

The worldwide gross for Avatar now now stands at $1.602.2 BILLION. Titanic will sink (pun intended) to second place, it’s just a matter of time now.

1 Titanic $1,842.9
2 Avatar $1,602.2
3 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King $1,119.1
4 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest $1,066.2
5 The Dark Knight $1,001.9
6 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone $974.7

Discovery News Interview with Avatar director James Cameron

January 14th, 2010

This is a great interview with James Cameron where we learn what it took to make Avatar into what it is. We get to see a lot of behind the scenes footage and know some cool facts.

Have a look at the embedded video below.

Avatar script with excluded scenes for download

January 12th, 2010

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Fox have just released the “Original” Avatar script. I haven’t read it all yet but there seems to be a lot of omitted scenes and dialog in the script that didn’t make it in to the final movie.

It’s a great read if you like to get to know some of the characters at a deeper level than you get to know them in the movie. Should the movie have been longer?

Anyways, this is promising for the DVD/BluRay release that eventually will be released, probably some of the scenes omitted were shot but cut out in the editing room, hopefully (probably) they will be included in the future DVD/BluRay special edition.

So, click the download link below and please feel free to leave a comment on what you thought of it.

You can download and read the Avatar script here (PDF-document).

UPDATE: I’ve changed the picture that goes along with this post, as you can see it’s Jake in his wheelchair. The scene takes place in a bar on earth. That’s a scene that’s not in the movie, but you can find it on page 2 in the script (and the trailer, 7 seconds in).

Not the kind of place you’d bring your mom.
We find Jake near the pool table, BALANCING his chair, front wheels off the ground, while holding a tequila shot on his forehead.  ONLOOKERS,  including some other disabled vets, CLAP and WHOOP.

Jake grabs the glass, SLAMS down the shot as they cheer.

A WALL-SIZED SCREEN filled with the World Cup game — men RUNNING on antelope legs.

CU JAKE, watching what he can’t have.  Expression stony.

Let’s get it straight up front.  I don’t want your pity.  I know the world’s a cold-ass bitch.

Avatar tops Box Office for fourth consecutive weekend

January 11th, 2010


Avatar will not stop. The past week Avatar added another $200 million to it’s already big coffin and is now standing at $1.34 billion wordwide.

Avatar made $50 million in the North America in it’s fourth weekend, a new record of course. The previous record holder – Titanic – made $28.7 million in it’s fourth weekend back in 1997.

Avatar is now also the most successful movie of 2009 in North America, Avatar now stands at $430 million in North America, beating Transformers 2 that made $402 million.

Titanic’s $1.8 billion worldwide record seems to be up for grabs! Only $500 million to go.

James Cameron’s “Avatar” continues to race up the box office charts, remaining No. 1 domestically for the fourth straight weekend with $48.5 $50 million and placing second among all-time top-grossing films worldwide.

The science-fiction saga from 20th Century Fox added $143 million overseas to raise its international haul to $906 million. With $429 $430 million domestically, “Avatar” has pulled in $1.34 billion worldwide, behind only Cameron’s “Titanic,” which took in $1.8 billion.

In just 24 days, “Avatar” shot past the $402.1 million domestic total of “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” to become the No. 1 release of 2009. Cameron’s tale of humans and aliens in conflict on a distant world now stands at No. 6 on the all-time domestic chart.

The film has just over $100 million to go to pass the No. 2 domestic hit, “The Dark Knight” at $533.3 million.

“I think we’ll get there very soon,” said Bert Livingston, 20th Century Fox distribution executive. “I believe anything is possible with this picture. Nothing would surprise me. There’s a still a long way to go, and it’s going to keep on playing and playing.”

Source: The Associated Press

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 up  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.