#6321  
Old 01-03-2010, 11:19 AM
According to Nikki Finke,

$67m weekend, $350 domestic, $1bn worldwide

after its 3rd weekend.

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Old 01-03-2010, 12:08 PM
James Cameron IS the box office.
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  #6323  
Old 01-03-2010, 12:27 PM
WOW!

From Variety:

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'Avatar' tops $1 billion at worldwide box office
James Cameron sci-fi pic the fourth highest grosser of all time
By PAMELA MCCLINTOCK


Twentieth Century Fox and James Cameron's "Avatar" rang in the New Year with an estimated worldwide cume of $1 billion through Sunday, becoming the fourth highest grosser of all time.

Domestic cume was $352.1 million, including a weekend take of $68.3 million, the best gross ever for a film in its third weekend.

Overseas, the pic's cume through Sunday was $670.2 million.

Domestically, Warner Bros. "Sherlock Holmes" stayed at No. 2 over New Year's weekend, grossing an estimated $38.4 million from 3,626 theaters for a cume of $140.7 million in its first 10 days.

Fox's "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel" held at No. 3, grossing an estimated $36.6 million from 3,747 runs for a domestic cume of $157.3 million in its first 12 days.

Universal's Nancy Meyers romantic comedy "It's Complicated" grossed an estimated $18.7 million from 2,897 runs for a cume of $59.1 million in its first 10 days.

Paramount's "Up in the Air," directed by Jason Reitman and starring George Clooney, grossed an estimated $11.4 million from 1,895 runs for the weekend for a cume of $45 million.
$182M to go to unseat The Dark Knight domestically.

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Old 01-03-2010, 12:34 PM
And Avatar has passed the 1 Billion mark. Wow. Just wow. The speed that Avatar is making money, just wow.
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Old 01-03-2010, 01:12 PM
sorry, double post - forums we acting somewhat odd for me...

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Old 01-03-2010, 01:25 PM
JESUS CHRIST! 1billion already? This movie is a beast.
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Old 01-03-2010, 01:41 PM
Woooohooooo congratulations on passing the 1 billion mark.
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Old 01-03-2010, 02:48 PM
Weekend Estimates

1. Avatar- $68.3 million
2. Sherlock Holmes- $38.4 million
3. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel- $36.6 million
4. It's Complicated- $18.7 million
5. The Blind Side- $12.7 million
6. Up in the Air- $11.3 million
7. The Princess and the Frog- $10 million
8. Did You Hear About the Morgans?- $5 million
9. Nine- $4.3 million
10. Invictus- $4.2 million

Wow, Avatar is an absolute beast. Who knows where it will go from here. Sherlock Holmes and Alvin and the Chipmunks are both doing extremely well. It's Complicated is also doing quite well. The Blind Side is a freak of nature. Up in the Air did roughly the same amount as it did last weekend which shows that it will have great legs. This will bode well for it when it comes to the Oscars.

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  #6329  
Old 01-03-2010, 02:52 PM
Congrats to cameron and his team. Amazing gross.
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Old 01-03-2010, 03:13 PM
That's insane. It only went down about $7 Million compared to last weekend. Those are amazingly strong legs.

Cameron is making the haters and doubters eat crow.
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Old 01-03-2010, 03:15 PM
Didn't love the film as much as some people here, but Cameron knows how to appeal to the masses like no other.

It's refreshing to see a film with legs like this after so many of the "50% dropoff" blockbusters we are so used to.
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  #6332  
Old 01-03-2010, 03:31 PM
Wow. I thought it was going to be a long while before The Dark Knight got knocked out of its spot. but i guess not.
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Old 01-03-2010, 06:19 PM
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Cameron is making the haters and doubters eat crow.
In that theory......Dead Man's Chest is awesome too yeah, just kidding ><

Yeah, awesome to see another proper good film be a hit, putting Michael Bay and co in their place.
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Old 01-03-2010, 06:36 PM
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In that theory......Dead Man's Chest is awesome too yeah, just kidding ><

Yeah, awesome to see another proper good film be a hit, putting Michael Bay and co in their place.
LOL What does Avatar have to do with Transformers 2? I don't understand you point. How is one hit movie putting another hit movie in its place? Both made money. One will be loved and one will live in infamy.

I loved Avatar and I will be happy with each dollar mark it hits. I predicted it will hit $645 earlier in the week, but until 3D tvs come out Avatar will not play much better than Transformers 2 once it leaves the theater. After all, the awesome 3D experience is at least 50% of the film. Avatar will not be as awesome on DVD or Blue Ray.
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Old 01-03-2010, 09:13 PM
I was reading this week's EW and they had a short piece on Avatar and the money. Their claim is the money that Avatar is making is inflated due to the extra charges a 3D movie has that a 2D movie does not. They have a point.

At my local theater, tickets for a 2D movie is $8.50. Imax is $14.50 and reg 3D is $13.50.
That is like a 60% markup for reg 3D. Let's round it down to a 50% markup and let's use the claim that EW made saying that 75% of the ticket sales are for the 3D shows.

$350 or so million domestically, so far.
75% of that is $262.5 million, which has been inflated 50%.
50% of $262.5 million is $131.25 million
Add $131.25 to the 2D (25% showings) $87.5 million for a total of $218.75 million.
Please check my math.

Now, doesn't $218.75 million sound about right?

Does this matter? Hell NO! I was one never to believe in "Adjusted for Inflation" Gone with the Wind in my mind is not and will never be the highest grossing film. The price is what the price is and is a deterrent to some people seeing the movie. We are still in a recession too with 10% unemployment in the USA, which has not hurt the movie industry at all. Is it a bit unfair and does EW have a point about the higher price for a 3D showing helping the numbers? Yes. Does it matter in the least little bit? To some, yes, but not for me. Do I have a point? Not really, but it does help me understand how Avatar made 1 Billion Dollars so freaking fast!
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Old 01-03-2010, 09:32 PM
Yeah it's only 3 extra bucks for 3D here in Cali where I live. Plus I don't think the inflation matters either cause even if the tickets are higher priced people are still willing to pay extra to see the movie. More then once even so I don't see the point in people coming up with "excuses" why the movie is doing so well.
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Old 01-04-2010, 01:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Erroneous View Post
I was reading this week's EW and they had a short piece on Avatar and the money. Their claim is the money that Avatar is making is inflated due to the extra charges a 3D movie has that a 2D movie does not. They have a point.

At my local theater, tickets for a 2D movie is $8.50. Imax is $14.50 and reg 3D is $13.50.
That is like a 60% markup for reg 3D. Let's round it down to a 50% markup and let's use the claim that EW made saying that 75% of the ticket sales are for the 3D shows.

$350 or so million domestically, so far.
75% of that is $262.5 million, which has been inflated 50%.
50% of $262.5 million is $131.25 million
Add $131.25 to the 2D (25% showings) $87.5 million for a total of $218.75 million.
Please check my math.

Now, doesn't $218.75 million sound about right?

Does this matter? Hell NO! I was one never to believe in "Adjusted for Inflation" Gone with the Wind in my mind is not and will never be the highest grossing film. The price is what the price is and is a deterrent to some people seeing the movie. We are still in a recession too with 10% unemployment in the USA, which has not hurt the movie industry at all. Is it a bit unfair and does EW have a point about the higher price for a 3D showing helping the numbers? Yes. Does it matter in the least little bit? To some, yes, but not for me. Do I have a point? Not really, but it does help me understand how Avatar made 1 Billion Dollars so freaking fast!
My local theater is $7.50 for normal tickets, & $9.50 for 3D. It's like this for every 3D movie. IMax only accounted for 12% of the overall boxoffice.
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Old 01-04-2010, 01:39 AM
I knew it was taking 2nd place worldwide( soon to be), should snatch another 600 mil overall. It's drowning Titanic domestic, someone predicted about 650 mil, sounds about right, unless it starts dropping hard, which isn't happening, and the foreign BO should be about 1 bil, so i'm guessing it will fall just short of Titanic's WW gross but sink it domestically.

Then again there is the possibility it's going to hit the 2 billion mark.

No matter, now we're never going to hear the end of it about what a genius Cameron is, even though he himself didn't create the visuals, Weta, Ilm and some others did.

I just hope he doesn't win a bunch of Academy awards in the non technical categories, he'll probably use some Navi war cry during his acceptance speech if he does( he'll say it in Navi also, i can picture it now). It's guaranteed to sweep all the technical categories, now it's only a matter of the Academy giving him best pic, director and all that nice stuff.
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Old 01-04-2010, 11:14 AM
I hope I don't come off as a complete moran but out of the 1 billion, how much goes to the studio? Assuming it's USD 10 to watch Avatar in the US, how much of that is calculated for the 1 billion?
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Old 01-04-2010, 11:36 AM
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No matter, now we're never going to hear the end of it about what a genius Cameron is, even though he himself didn't create the visuals, Weta, Ilm and some others did.
What a weird thing to say. You think a director is only a genius if he is sits at a computer and works on the effects himself? Should he stitch the characters' wardrobe too?

I know it's your thing to bash films left and right, most of which you haven't seen, and give them "funny" nicknames. But boy, you're really really reaching sometimes.
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Old 01-04-2010, 12:42 PM
Typical DD post.


I wasn't a huge fan of Avatar ( I liked it, didn't love it), but knocking Cameron for that is a joke.
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Old 01-04-2010, 09:02 PM
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I was reading this week's EW and they had a short piece on Avatar and the money. Their claim is the money that Avatar is making is inflated due to the extra charges a 3D movie has that a 2D movie does not. They have a point.
I agree with you Erroneous. So what? I'm thinking the folks at EW are a little confused. A higher ticket price means you don't need as many people to see the film to gross a respectable amount of cash. But again, AND??

Avatar still made over a billion dollars! Sure, this is because of higher ticket prices for 3D but people are still paying to see it as proven by it's current box-office gross...

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Old 01-05-2010, 03:43 PM
Monday numbers:

1. Avatar - $8.1 million / $360.2 million total
2. Sherlock Holmes - $2.9 million / $141.6 million
3. Alvin 2 - $2.2 million / $158.1 million
4. It's Complicated - $1.5 million / $60.6 million
5. The Blind Side - $824k / $209.3 million

Keep in mind, classes have resumed at schools. Avatar's amazing word of mouth continues.

And look at the total for The Blind Side. If you had told me two months ago this movie would top out at $220-230 million domestic, I would have called you crazy.

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  #6344  
Old 01-05-2010, 03:45 PM
Looks like Avatar is finally slowing down.
Avatar $8,094,554
Sherlock Holmes $2,911,461
Chimpmunks $2,217,825
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Old 01-05-2010, 03:47 PM
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Looks like Avatar is finally slowing down.
Compared to last week (the holidays), sure.

But $8 million for ANY MOVIE on a Monday in January is insane.
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Old 01-05-2010, 04:17 PM
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Looks like Avatar is finally slowing down.
Haha, not really.

In a sense it is because the holidays are over and it is not pulling in $18 million every day of the work week, but for a film that has been out for three weeks to make $8 million on a non-holiday Monday is absolutely nuts. Most people were projecting around $6 million tops.

For example, Spider-Man 3 opened during a non-holiday season. Kids were in school and people were at work. It opened to $151 million, and the Monday after that weekend it made $10 million. This is about the same amount that Avatar made on Monday, except that Avatar has been out for three weeks.
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Old 01-05-2010, 04:38 PM
I didn't say the movie died at the BO, just that it's slowing down. No more 2% drops or twenty million Mondays. It's coming closer to the real world. Yes, that's because the holidays are done with, but that doesn't change that Avatar is no longer on the Autobahn BO wise.
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Old 01-05-2010, 05:13 PM
8 mil, it's done, it's all downhill from here
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Old 01-05-2010, 06:05 PM
If I am not mistaken, Avatar has the largest third Monday of all-time.
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Old 01-05-2010, 07:52 PM
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If I am not mistaken, Avatar has the largest third Monday of all-time.

Avatar has the 2nd and 4th and now 42nd highest grossing non opening Monday's. No other movie is listed three times in the top 43 (whole list). Yeah, slowing down just enough so you can actually see what is passing you by at just under light speed. $645 or bust!

http://www.boxofficemojo.com/alltime...nonholiday.htm
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Old 01-06-2010, 07:43 PM
Avatar made over 7 mil yesterday. Not bad...
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Old 01-07-2010, 03:34 AM
Avatar is currently #3 worldwide, beaten only by Titanic and Return of the King. Meaning, in a few weeks, Cameron may end up with the #1 and #2 spots. Fuck. Yes!
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Old 01-07-2010, 10:04 AM
And there's a chance he might be able to have the top 2 movies in domestic gross too.
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Old 01-07-2010, 09:36 PM
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Cameron may end up with the #1 and #2 spots. Fuck. Yes!
He does now. Avatar's worldwide gross as of January 6, 2010: $1,131,752,464!

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Old 01-07-2010, 09:57 PM
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Avatar is currently #3 worldwide, beaten only by Titanic and Return of the King. Meaning, in a few weeks, Cameron may end up with the #1 and #2 spots. Fuck. Yes!
Who cares. I mean I liked it, and all but the more money a film makes doesn't mean its good.
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Old 01-07-2010, 10:11 PM
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Who cares. I mean I liked it, and all but the more money a film makes doesn't mean its good.
I don't know why people keep saying this. No one is saying the gross depicts how good a film is we just enjoy seeing the success a film has. Also if a film does gross as much as this does show that a lot of people are seeing it MORE then once which DOES show that a lot of people loved it which hints that it well...might be good
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Old 01-07-2010, 10:11 PM
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Who cares. I mean I liked it, and all but the more money a film makes doesn't mean its good.
What's the big deal? The film is doing well and he is happy about it. It's kind of refreshing when a film that people kept going on and on about how it was going to fail financially ends up destroying the box-office and gives a big fuck you to the naysayers.

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Old 01-07-2010, 10:13 PM
^When most people really like a movie they want that movie to do well so the filmmakers are rewarded for their efforts. Fancy that!


I'm interested in how Avatar does this weekend. I know it has next to no chance of beating Titanic, but... Never say never. I just really hope Cameron's confirmed plans for Avatar 2 won't get in the way of Battle Angel.
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Old 01-07-2010, 10:14 PM
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I don't know why people keep saying this. No one is saying the gross depicts how good a film is we just enjoy seeing the success a film has. Also if a film does gross as much as this does show that a lot of people are seeing it MORE then once which DOES show that a lot of people loved it which hints that it well...might be good
Repeat viewings does not equal good. Case in point - thousands of teenage girls saw Twilight and New Moon multiple times in theatres. Does that make those good?
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Old 01-07-2010, 10:39 PM
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Who cares. I mean I liked it, and all but the more money a film makes doesn't mean its good.
I personally love seeing GREAT and PERFECT movies like Avatar do well.
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