“Creating the World of Pandora” – A documentary

January 20th, 2010 by admin 10 comments »
Here’s a great documentary about the making of Avatar. It’s 23 minutes long and contains a lot of cool stuff. A must see for all the Avatar fans out there.

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

January 18th, 2010 by admin 3 comments »

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 by admin 7 comments »


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 by admin 2 comments »

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 by admin 3 comments »

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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 by admin No comments »


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 by admin 22 comments »


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 by admin 1 comment »


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 Sina.com 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 by admin 8 comments »


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

Avatar holds on to #1 spot at the Box Office

December 27th, 2009 by admin 3 comments »


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