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Weekend Box-Office: January 1-3, 2010

01.03.2010


WEEKEND BOX-OFFICE

AVATAR = 1 BILLION $$$$!!!

Seriously, will anyone EVER doubt James Cameron and his big budget movies ever again!?! The man takes 10 years off after putting together the highest-grossing motion picture of all-time in TITANIC, then returns to the big-screen with an "odd looking" sci-fi picture featuring really tall blue creatures and after only 17 days, AVATAR has already grossed over 1 BILLION dollars around the world, is the 4th highest grossing worldwide movie of all-time (yes, it's made more than THE DARK KNIGHT already!) and sits in 15th place domestically. Oh, and it's still at #1 on the box-office charts, so God knows how much further it can go now!

And look at its consistency over the first 3 weekends of North American release. Weekend 1 ($75M). Weekend 2 ($73M). Weekend 3 ($68M). Anyone else seeing a pattern? The film has become a juggernaut-and-a-half while mowing down its competition and skeptics alike and now vying to break the $500M domestic gross mark, if not more? (only TITANIC and THE DARK KNIGHT have grossed more than that)

The rest of the top 10 stayed pretty much the same as last weekend (in fact, they were the exact same 10 movies as last week), although with a couple of minor moves up/down. Both SHERLOCK HOLMES and ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS 2 also continued to do brisk business, while flying past the $100M mark respectively like it was a pit-stop on their way to the more serious $200M marker. And speaking of $200M, Sandra Bullock and THE BLIND SIDE finally managed to surpass that lauded point, which also happens to be Bullock's first movie ever to pass that mark (THE PROPOSAL was her 2nd highest grossing picture at $163M).

Next week finally sees the release of some new movies (feels like forever since we got some new blood!), but as we all know by now, the first week of January is usually reserved for "dump movies", so let's not get our hopes too high.

First up is a film that does actually look pretty cool in DAYBREAKERS, which our man Chris Bumbray reviewed and enjoyed. Same can be said about Michael Cera's YOUTH IN REVOLT, which has a pretty funny red-band trailer and also got a pretty sweet review from our man Bumbray. LEAP YEAR, on the other hand, starring the adorable Amy Adams...meh. Oh, and if you're lucky enough to be in one of the "limited cities" in which BITCH SLAP is being presented...well, that flick doesn't look too shabby either, especially in the boobage area!

But the big news of the weekend (and maybe the entire year) is how amazing Jimmy Cameron's AVATAR has been performing so far. So how well do you think it can ultimately do? $500M? $600M? $700M?!?! VOTE HERE!

1. Avatar $68.3 Million $352.1 Million
2. Sherlock Holmes $38.3 Million $140.6 Million
3. Alvin and the... $36.6 Million $157.3 Million
4. It's Complicated $18.7 Million $59.1 Million
5. The Blind Side $12.6 Million $209 Million
6. Up in the Air $11.3 Million $45 Million
7. The Princess and... $10 Million $86 Million
8. Did You Hear about... $5.2 Million $25.6 Million
9. Nine $4.2 Million $14 Million
10. Invictus $4.1 Million $30.7 Million

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Extra Tidbit: And Mr. Cameron, you keep being an "asshole" to those Ebay-autograph seekers as well, my good man. We all know very well that that asshole wasn't a "real fan". You da mac.

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9:46PM on 01/04/2010

Great

I hope we see Cameron giving us more fantastic movies about Pandora....or even the other moons!!
I hope we see Cameron giving us more fantastic movies about Pandora....or even the other moons!!
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4:10PM on 01/04/2010

AWESOME

and I haven't even seen AVATAR yet
and I haven't even seen AVATAR yet
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7:51AM on 01/04/2010

I AM FUCKIN GLAD

THAT THIS BEAT NEW MOON...
THAT THIS BEAT NEW MOON...
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7:32AM on 01/04/2010
I would have to say the movie was above average. Not one I'd really want to see over and over infinitely. Just a lot of eye candy.

Extra Tidbit: Wasn't this mentioned that the reason for the extreme #'s was the inclusion of the upcharge for the 3D glasses??
I would have to say the movie was above average. Not one I'd really want to see over and over infinitely. Just a lot of eye candy.

Extra Tidbit: Wasn't this mentioned that the reason for the extreme #'s was the inclusion of the upcharge for the 3D glasses??
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4:33AM on 01/04/2010

Money

Compared to foreign currencies, the dollar has quite simply collapsed the last year, rendering it quite weak (ridiculously weak actually).

That probably made a difference of .... I'd say 300 million dollar worldwide right now and the impact will only get bigger as it makes more money.

Combined with the more expensive tickets, Avatar could probably beat Titanic if it gets about 70% of the visitors Titanic got (and that's a conservative estimate, it could be even considerably lower).

So
Compared to foreign currencies, the dollar has quite simply collapsed the last year, rendering it quite weak (ridiculously weak actually).

That probably made a difference of .... I'd say 300 million dollar worldwide right now and the impact will only get bigger as it makes more money.

Combined with the more expensive tickets, Avatar could probably beat Titanic if it gets about 70% of the visitors Titanic got (and that's a conservative estimate, it could be even considerably lower).

So I'm guessing it's a combination of an unseen hype with an incredibly lucky timing.
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3:54AM on 01/04/2010
I wouldnt mind seeing this movie sputter out at 3rd place behind Titanic and TDK. Those movies had the good points that Avatar doesnt have, the stuff people say is wrong with Avatar. Does it really deserve to be the top movie of all time? I say no.
I wouldnt mind seeing this movie sputter out at 3rd place behind Titanic and TDK. Those movies had the good points that Avatar doesnt have, the stuff people say is wrong with Avatar. Does it really deserve to be the top movie of all time? I say no.
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3:47AM on 01/04/2010
Not only did Avatar get voted the best movie of the year by joblo voters on movie poll #537, but it's also going to be the hightest grossing movie of all time. Is there anything Cameron can't do?
Not only did Avatar get voted the best movie of the year by joblo voters on movie poll #537, but it's also going to be the hightest grossing movie of all time. Is there anything Cameron can't do?
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1:06AM on 01/04/2010

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I agree, but Hollywood doesn't care how many tickets are sold. A billion dollars is a billion dollars, and that's an ASTRONOMICAL number. It's just a fun numbers game that movie fans like to obsess over, myself included.
I agree, but Hollywood doesn't care how many tickets are sold. A billion dollars is a billion dollars, and that's an ASTRONOMICAL number. It's just a fun numbers game that movie fans like to obsess over, myself included.
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12:41AM on 01/04/2010
I think its time for a serious discussion on reforming the system for rating movies based on box office receipts due to high prices for Imax. Its like 3x a matinee movie price. We need to start counting tickets sold, and go back and figure it for movies of the past. If I am wrong on this, someone please correct me.
I think its time for a serious discussion on reforming the system for rating movies based on box office receipts due to high prices for Imax. Its like 3x a matinee movie price. We need to start counting tickets sold, and go back and figure it for movies of the past. If I am wrong on this, someone please correct me.
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1:06AM on 01/04/2010
If we did that, then no movie would ever come close to selling as many tickets as the older movies. Gone With the Wind played for years in the theater, and no movie since has ever sold as many tickets. It wouldn't be fair to modern films to compete on such a level. Especially when now far fewer people go to the theater due to their home theaters (which is Cameron's ultimate goal for Avatar, to bring back the audience).

PS. 3D is only $2 more a ticket, far from the 3Xs price you're crying
If we did that, then no movie would ever come close to selling as many tickets as the older movies. Gone With the Wind played for years in the theater, and no movie since has ever sold as many tickets. It wouldn't be fair to modern films to compete on such a level. Especially when now far fewer people go to the theater due to their home theaters (which is Cameron's ultimate goal for Avatar, to bring back the audience).

PS. 3D is only $2 more a ticket, far from the 3Xs price you're crying out about.
1:40AM on 01/04/2010
dude.. check your facts. If I wanna see Avatar at 9pm at my local AMC it would be $10 for a regular theater, $13 for 3D and $15 for IMAX. Matinee now a days are $8 at my local AMC and since most of the peak times from movies are nights and weekends your 3x argument fails miserably.
dude.. check your facts. If I wanna see Avatar at 9pm at my local AMC it would be $10 for a regular theater, $13 for 3D and $15 for IMAX. Matinee now a days are $8 at my local AMC and since most of the peak times from movies are nights and weekends your 3x argument fails miserably.
11:18PM on 01/03/2010

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I'm skeptical on Avatar's total gross earnings, simply due to the fact that the majority of the ticket sales are inflated by the 3D ticket prices. The movie would probably be about 70-75% of the total gross sans the 3D price bump I believe, so while 1Billion is a ridiculous number, it is probably closer to 750million when factoring in the inflation. Adjusted ticket sales, Titanic (unfortunately) still slaughters it.
I'm skeptical on Avatar's total gross earnings, simply due to the fact that the majority of the ticket sales are inflated by the 3D ticket prices. The movie would probably be about 70-75% of the total gross sans the 3D price bump I believe, so while 1Billion is a ridiculous number, it is probably closer to 750million when factoring in the inflation. Adjusted ticket sales, Titanic (unfortunately) still slaughters it.
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11:00PM on 01/03/2010

Wow, I was waaay off

When the first weekend results came in, I thought it was going to do world-wide box office business similar to that of KOTCS, around 800-850 worldwide (320 of which would be domestic). I really can't believe in only 3 weeks its already eclipsed a billion.

Whats the ceiling now....2 billion? 2.5? I'm thinking it'll top off at 480 million domestic, as its profited well from the holiday break, but who knows. It could go anywhere from 480 to 650, and I wouldn't be surprised.
When the first weekend results came in, I thought it was going to do world-wide box office business similar to that of KOTCS, around 800-850 worldwide (320 of which would be domestic). I really can't believe in only 3 weeks its already eclipsed a billion.

Whats the ceiling now....2 billion? 2.5? I'm thinking it'll top off at 480 million domestic, as its profited well from the holiday break, but who knows. It could go anywhere from 480 to 650, and I wouldn't be surprised.
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10:18PM on 01/03/2010

In regards to the fan video on TMZ

If James Cameron wasn't being video recorded he would have definitely signed that autograph. I guarantee it. It's the camera that turned him away.
If James Cameron wasn't being video recorded he would have definitely signed that autograph. I guarantee it. It's the camera that turned him away.
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9:45PM on 01/03/2010
Well, color me impressed. I thought for sure this movie would be a little too much for most audiences, and predicted a $150 to $175M total domestic. I was waaaay off. Congrats, Jim. You've done it again.
Well, color me impressed. I thought for sure this movie would be a little too much for most audiences, and predicted a $150 to $175M total domestic. I was waaaay off. Congrats, Jim. You've done it again.
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9:43PM on 01/03/2010

AVATAR

This film deserves all good things coming to it, it's the best film of 09' hands down, see it in 3D it's the best.

I want to check out Deaybreakers, it looks pretty cool and Youth in Revolt looks funny, I still need to see Sherlock Holmes though.
This film deserves all good things coming to it, it's the best film of 09' hands down, see it in 3D it's the best.

I want to check out Deaybreakers, it looks pretty cool and Youth in Revolt looks funny, I still need to see Sherlock Holmes though.
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9:39PM on 01/03/2010
Oh I was a doubter. Happily admit I was an "It looks like a Video Game" guy.

But I gotta say it was a mightily impressive thing to see. The story does have a degree of cheese in it, but it looks and feels amazing.
Oh I was a doubter. Happily admit I was an "It looks like a Video Game" guy.

But I gotta say it was a mightily impressive thing to see. The story does have a degree of cheese in it, but it looks and feels amazing.
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9:26PM on 01/03/2010
Wow. Just incredible. So glad it's doing so well, it deserves it. Seen it twice, seeing it at least 2 more times.
Wow. Just incredible. So glad it's doing so well, it deserves it. Seen it twice, seeing it at least 2 more times.
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9:19PM on 01/03/2010

mediocre screen-writers rejoice!!!

can you repackage material from other stories into an easy to follow and obvious narrative with cookie-cutter characters and cheesy dialog? Awesome, start writing, fortune awaits!
can you repackage material from other stories into an easy to follow and obvious narrative with cookie-cutter characters and cheesy dialog? Awesome, start writing, fortune awaits!
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9:54PM on 01/03/2010
Yeah but Cameron also created the technology for the movie and also did a great job on the directing so...yeah. Nice try though :D
Yeah but Cameron also created the technology for the movie and also did a great job on the directing so...yeah. Nice try though :D
9:04PM on 01/03/2010
Still havent seen this film but wow I can't believe how much it is raking in. My prediction was wrong. This could probably take over TDK and solidify Cameron as the ultimate Hollywood bad ass
Still havent seen this film but wow I can't believe how much it is raking in. My prediction was wrong. This could probably take over TDK and solidify Cameron as the ultimate Hollywood bad ass
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8:32PM on 01/03/2010
wow what a bunch of fake ass people we have in this world. everyone doubted avatar would do this well. I personally have not seen it as it just doesn't interest. now everyone will be kissing Cameron's ass & saying it will become the highest grossing film ever. I hate how fake hollywood is.
wow what a bunch of fake ass people we have in this world. everyone doubted avatar would do this well. I personally have not seen it as it just doesn't interest. now everyone will be kissing Cameron's ass & saying it will become the highest grossing film ever. I hate how fake hollywood is.
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8:13PM on 01/03/2010

I agree greekmoviegod

I never doubted this film for a second (and I have the posts to prove it:) It's an amazing film. I think the fact he took a familiar storyline was a brilliant move. If he had taken a story that seemed unfamiliar to audiences and topped it off with never before seen visuals it would have been too much for the average audience member. It was a good move. Brilliant movie with an amazing third act!!!
I never doubted this film for a second (and I have the posts to prove it:) It's an amazing film. I think the fact he took a familiar storyline was a brilliant move. If he had taken a story that seemed unfamiliar to audiences and topped it off with never before seen visuals it would have been too much for the average audience member. It was a good move. Brilliant movie with an amazing third act!!!
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8:05PM on 01/03/2010

people who hate the film

Are the people who can't stand mainstream. Not every movie is going to be a Fight Club and not every movie needs to be. Avatar is crowd pleasing, entertaining, and deserves every dollar it makes. I'm certainly going to give it another 14 bucks.
Are the people who can't stand mainstream. Not every movie is going to be a Fight Club and not every movie needs to be. Avatar is crowd pleasing, entertaining, and deserves every dollar it makes. I'm certainly going to give it another 14 bucks.
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10:44PM on 01/03/2010
Way to generalize people who don't agree with you. Avatard was a mediocre movie with better than average 3D. In other words, a gimmick movie. To paraphrase Wayne's World, "Led Zeppelin made songs that not everyone liked...they left that to the Bee Gees."

Just because something is popular doesn't necessarily make it good.
Way to generalize people who don't agree with you. Avatard was a mediocre movie with better than average 3D. In other words, a gimmick movie. To paraphrase Wayne's World, "Led Zeppelin made songs that not everyone liked...they left that to the Bee Gees."

Just because something is popular doesn't necessarily make it good.
10:44PM on 01/03/2010
I don't think that's the case. I was underwhelmed by it but still liked it for the most part. I think the problem is that there's an assumption that just because it's mainstream it's allowed to have bad dialogue. I think you should always try to put out the best possible product and not let the visual effects do all the talking. It's definitely crowd-pleasing but so is Little Miss Sunshine, which is extremely well written. Maybe it's that James Cameron doesn't need to try hard to write anymore.
I don't think that's the case. I was underwhelmed by it but still liked it for the most part. I think the problem is that there's an assumption that just because it's mainstream it's allowed to have bad dialogue. I think you should always try to put out the best possible product and not let the visual effects do all the talking. It's definitely crowd-pleasing but so is Little Miss Sunshine, which is extremely well written. Maybe it's that James Cameron doesn't need to try hard to write anymore. He's James Cameron. Which could explain laziness when it came to the writing and resulted in things being called "unobtanium."
8:04PM on 01/03/2010

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I started a long gestating blog project with an Avatar review. Check it out if you want to hear a positive review or don't like it and want a new opinion.

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I started a long gestating blog project with an Avatar review. Check it out if you want to hear a positive review or don't like it and want a new opinion.

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7:56PM on 01/03/2010

Perfect Way To Start Out The Year

I've seen it twice and and am actually going to see it two more times this week. The movie is great and deserves all that is coming to it. I agree with what Dubbs said about this is better to earn more money at the BO than New Moon
I've seen it twice and and am actually going to see it two more times this week. The movie is great and deserves all that is coming to it. I agree with what Dubbs said about this is better to earn more money at the BO than New Moon
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7:51PM on 01/03/2010
NINE CAME IN AT NINE!!! MY ONE WEEK DREAM CAME TRUE!!!
i wanna beat the shit out of Michael Cera
NINE CAME IN AT NINE!!! MY ONE WEEK DREAM CAME TRUE!!!
i wanna beat the shit out of Michael Cera
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7:45PM on 01/03/2010

Perfect Way To Start Out The Year

I've seen it twice and and am actually going to see it two more times this week. The movie is great and deserves all that is coming to it. I agree with what Dubbs said about this is better to earn more money at the BO than New Moon
I've seen it twice and and am actually going to see it two more times this week. The movie is great and deserves all that is coming to it. I agree with what Dubbs said about this is better to earn more money at the BO than New Moon
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7:17PM on 01/03/2010

Avatar Sucked!

Effects were very good, but the story and characters were shit! This flick will keep making money because people are sheep. Hell, I was not a Titanic fan either, but at least that flick had a little personality. Avatar was basically a demo to show what 3d can do!
Effects were very good, but the story and characters were shit! This flick will keep making money because people are sheep. Hell, I was not a Titanic fan either, but at least that flick had a little personality. Avatar was basically a demo to show what 3d can do!
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8:05PM on 01/03/2010
It's funny how two of the negative comments came from people with Darth Vader pics.
It's funny how two of the negative comments came from people with Darth Vader pics.
8:14PM on 01/03/2010
I'd say Sigourmey's character has more personality (especially her Avatar) than the entire Titanic film.

Try watching Avatar again when you aren't feeling pissy...
I'd say Sigourmey's character has more personality (especially her Avatar) than the entire Titanic film.

Try watching Avatar again when you aren't feeling pissy...
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6:07PM on 01/03/2010
This is bad. I didn't hate Avatar by any stretch of the imagination, but this box office success includes the cost of the 3D glasses I presume. That's going to make studios think everything should be in 3D. Now the only boon of the technology will be that it makes money- would 3D make Shutter Island better, for instance? Perhaps I'm being slightly apocalyptic in my thinking, but this news really worries me...
This is bad. I didn't hate Avatar by any stretch of the imagination, but this box office success includes the cost of the 3D glasses I presume. That's going to make studios think everything should be in 3D. Now the only boon of the technology will be that it makes money- would 3D make Shutter Island better, for instance? Perhaps I'm being slightly apocalyptic in my thinking, but this news really worries me...
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5:40PM on 01/03/2010
Better this movie beat the Dark Knight in the box office than New Moon.
Better this movie beat the Dark Knight in the box office than New Moon.
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5:36PM on 01/03/2010

Brilliant

I saw in a Cameron interview that he said cinema goers will go to see Avatar more than once. Damn was he right! Seen it 4 times so far and I still want to watch it again.
I saw in a Cameron interview that he said cinema goers will go to see Avatar more than once. Damn was he right! Seen it 4 times so far and I still want to watch it again.
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5:35PM on 01/03/2010

ummm...

Maybe my math is off but how does 75+73+68=352? for a projection, it's pretty specific. I know there's a reason, I just can't remember what it is
Maybe my math is off but how does 75+73+68=352? for a projection, it's pretty specific. I know there's a reason, I just can't remember what it is
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6:02PM on 01/03/2010
It took in about $14 million daily over the last two weeks as well, and THEN the weekend totals.
It took in about $14 million daily over the last two weeks as well, and THEN the weekend totals.
6:36PM on 01/03/2010
Those figures are JUST the weekends (friday, saturday, sunday). The film obviously makes money over the week as well, especially during the holidays...
Those figures are JUST the weekends (friday, saturday, sunday). The film obviously makes money over the week as well, especially during the holidays...
5:11PM on 01/03/2010

Very nice

I actually thought Avatar would do bigger business this week.. also Richie owes Cameron a bj, everyone i know who went and saw Holmes only went because Avatar was sold out.. I've never seen the cinema so packed and I over heard lots of people asking the people they were with if they wanted to see holmes instead because avatar was sold out.. Avatar will not drop by much next week! book it!
I actually thought Avatar would do bigger business this week.. also Richie owes Cameron a bj, everyone i know who went and saw Holmes only went because Avatar was sold out.. I've never seen the cinema so packed and I over heard lots of people asking the people they were with if they wanted to see holmes instead because avatar was sold out.. Avatar will not drop by much next week! book it!
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4:51PM on 01/03/2010

I just hope ...

... we won't have to wait another 11 years for his next film ...
... we won't have to wait another 11 years for his next film ...
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4:38PM on 01/03/2010

i'm seriously not lying

i've seen AVATAR 4 times.
i've seen AVATAR 4 times.
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4:01PM on 01/03/2010
I will eat my words now.. I thought that it wouldn't make 300 million domestically. I didn't see it's mass appeal at all and I'm very glad it's doing so well. After next weekend Cameron will own the 2 highest grossing movies of all-time. Will it have the legs to beat Titanic and get to 2 billion worldwide? Who knows!?!
I will eat my words now.. I thought that it wouldn't make 300 million domestically. I didn't see it's mass appeal at all and I'm very glad it's doing so well. After next weekend Cameron will own the 2 highest grossing movies of all-time. Will it have the legs to beat Titanic and get to 2 billion worldwide? Who knows!?!
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3:43PM on 01/03/2010

just because

avatar makes money isn't going to change my opinion on it. i still didn't like it.
avatar makes money isn't going to change my opinion on it. i still didn't like it.
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3:39PM on 01/03/2010

Avatar kicks ass!

Good points mandingo, except for the chipmunks comment. Who wouldn't want to see those furry little whores shake that ass on the big screen! I just went from 6 to 12.
Good points mandingo, except for the chipmunks comment. Who wouldn't want to see those furry little whores shake that ass on the big screen! I just went from 6 to 12.
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3:20PM on 01/03/2010

Just saw it again.

This movie truly deserves it. Cheesy as hell at points but great at at most. But, I can truly say I'm most impressed with the success of Sherlock Holmes. RDJ's coolness knows no bounds. Can't wait for either movies sequel. Glad America is putting their hard earned theatre dollars to good use. Except Alvin and his chipmunks. They can go fuck their own face for all I care.
This movie truly deserves it. Cheesy as hell at points but great at at most. But, I can truly say I'm most impressed with the success of Sherlock Holmes. RDJ's coolness knows no bounds. Can't wait for either movies sequel. Glad America is putting their hard earned theatre dollars to good use. Except Alvin and his chipmunks. They can go fuck their own face for all I care.
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3:03PM on 01/03/2010
James Cameron hasn't made a bad movie yet, so there isn't any reason to ever doubt him (until he does).
James Cameron hasn't made a bad movie yet, so there isn't any reason to ever doubt him (until he does).
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2:49PM on 01/03/2010

But...

Not to completely shit on the movie, I'm happy when a movie like this can prove that films do need to be seen on a big screen and not OnDemand on television or the internet. Anything that helps fight that impending idea is always good and even better it's not Alvin & The Chipmunks 2.
Not to completely shit on the movie, I'm happy when a movie like this can prove that films do need to be seen on a big screen and not OnDemand on television or the internet. Anything that helps fight that impending idea is always good and even better it's not Alvin & The Chipmunks 2.
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2:43PM on 01/03/2010

Surprising

I'm glad to see Avatar doing well, even if I think it might be a tad overrated. Let's face it, this is the type of movie that needs to be seen on the big screen. Also, this is the first big action movie to really market both IMAX and 3D, which I'm sure both play a part in the high numbers since people are paying an extra $2-$7 to see it in those formats.
I'm glad to see Avatar doing well, even if I think it might be a tad overrated. Let's face it, this is the type of movie that needs to be seen on the big screen. Also, this is the first big action movie to really market both IMAX and 3D, which I'm sure both play a part in the high numbers since people are paying an extra $2-$7 to see it in those formats.
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2:40PM on 01/03/2010

He's still a prick.

I don't care how much money this guys movie makes, he still should have signed the autograph. All he had to do was a quick scribble. He probably does forget that those people who work shitty 9-5 jobs are a majority of the people paying WAYYYYY too much money to sit through his 2 hour and 45 minute 3D extravaganza. Plus he's known for being a prick and even looks like a pompous prick. T2, True Lies, and Aliens are classic action films and he deserves all the credit for that, but Titanic doesn't
I don't care how much money this guys movie makes, he still should have signed the autograph. All he had to do was a quick scribble. He probably does forget that those people who work shitty 9-5 jobs are a majority of the people paying WAYYYYY too much money to sit through his 2 hour and 45 minute 3D extravaganza. Plus he's known for being a prick and even looks like a pompous prick. T2, True Lies, and Aliens are classic action films and he deserves all the credit for that, but Titanic doesn't stand the test of time and Avatar will have to settle for visual effects awards, cause Cameron is gonna be losing his 2nd Oscar to his ex-wife. The irony feels so good.
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3:45PM on 01/03/2010
Do you work for TMZ?
Do you work for TMZ?
3:55PM on 01/03/2010
titanic already does stand the test of time
titanic already does stand the test of time
4:18PM on 01/03/2010
Titanic doesn't stand the test of time. It's a film where people were caught up in it in the moment. It won't be studied in film classes or discussed. It will be the highest grossing film ever made, yes. But at the end of the day is that what really matters for a filmmaker? If you look at most of the highest grossing films of all time: they are sequels. Shitty sequels. Like Pirates sequels. And Shrek sequels. They're mildly diverting and entertaining to most I suppose. If you're into that kind
Titanic doesn't stand the test of time. It's a film where people were caught up in it in the moment. It won't be studied in film classes or discussed. It will be the highest grossing film ever made, yes. But at the end of the day is that what really matters for a filmmaker? If you look at most of the highest grossing films of all time: they are sequels. Shitty sequels. Like Pirates sequels. And Shrek sequels. They're mildly diverting and entertaining to most I suppose. If you're into that kind of thing, that's totally cool. Every film has an audience. But they are still films that will never be looked back on and talked about. Avatar could do that because it changed the game for visual effects. But no one can deny that James Cameron cannot write a film. He recycles dialogue and plot devices in an uninteresting way. It's visuals first, plot second, dialogue third. He's a talented filmmaker. But his film only altered the visual effects world, it didn't shake up science fiction. You can leave that to District 9 and Moon which had compelling stories and solid visual effects especially given their budgets were fractions of Avatars. Plus they benefited from having two actors that could act circles around Sam Worthington. I'm not saying Avatar is a bad film whatsoever, I thought it was entertaining and midly forgettable. And that's the problem. I was expecting a landmark film and I got a story I've seen a million times before with amazing visual effects. I think in order for it to be a "masterpiece" it ALL has to work. And bottom line, Cameron's a dick. I don't know if that guy worked for TMZ but he didn't know it and he should have signed it cause he might not have been. He's a good filmmaker but still he's a pompous prick. Tom Cruise is insane but he can fucking act.
4:34PM on 01/03/2010
There's these things called paragraphs. Use them.
There's these things called paragraphs. Use them.
8:14PM on 01/03/2010
The guys who ask for autogrpahs at airports are there full time. that is their job and it is pretty pathetic.

as for your opinion on the film - I heartily disagree. there is a difference between "commericial movies" and "independent (or arthouse) movie". this happened to be a commercial film and that is what Jimmy-C is good at. I'm gathering from your passionate response to this news that you are a film buff and/or aspiring to break in to the business. you might want to get your
The guys who ask for autogrpahs at airports are there full time. that is their job and it is pretty pathetic.

as for your opinion on the film - I heartily disagree. there is a difference between "commericial movies" and "independent (or arthouse) movie". this happened to be a commercial film and that is what Jimmy-C is good at. I'm gathering from your passionate response to this news that you are a film buff and/or aspiring to break in to the business. you might want to get your commercial appeal going because I can't count how many people ride a high horse and never get anything made in hollywood.

and it's technology breakthroughs alone are worth the effort put in to this film.
10:58PM on 01/03/2010
I hate to be perceived as someone with an ego who only likes pretentious indie films cause it's definitely not the case.

Like I said in general I'm fine with Avatar. I just don't think it can be lauded as a masterpiece due to it's flaws. Now 99% of films have flaws but the screenplay was pretty mediocre. I think to put this film in a category of the best films of the year it would have to be all around well-made. It's a cop out to say that just because it's mainstream it doesn't have to have
I hate to be perceived as someone with an ego who only likes pretentious indie films cause it's definitely not the case.

Like I said in general I'm fine with Avatar. I just don't think it can be lauded as a masterpiece due to it's flaws. Now 99% of films have flaws but the screenplay was pretty mediocre. I think to put this film in a category of the best films of the year it would have to be all around well-made. It's a cop out to say that just because it's mainstream it doesn't have to have a solid script. The Dark Knight is the best mainstream action film of the past decade. It had flaws but it's screenplay had depth and more subtle insights into the world we live in.

Katheryn Bigelow made The Hurt Locker for dirt cheap compared to similar films and it's the best action film of the year. Every one of it's scenes is more absorbing and suspensful than Avatar as a whole in my opinion. But to each his own, I'm just glad there can be civilized conversation about something rather than just people saying "fail." (And I put paragraphs this time, totally forgot last time.)
2:34PM on 01/03/2010
I gotta say, I didn't expect "Avatar" to do so well. I mean, yeah, it would be a smash hit, but not this big! Can it beat "Titanic"??? To tell you the truth, I kinda hope so.
I gotta say, I didn't expect "Avatar" to do so well. I mean, yeah, it would be a smash hit, but not this big! Can it beat "Titanic"??? To tell you the truth, I kinda hope so.
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2:22PM on 01/03/2010
I haven't seen "Avatar" yet nor "Sherlock Holmes", but I really want to. I have seen "Invictus" and recommend that everyone go see that movie because it is one of the best movies of the year.
I haven't seen "Avatar" yet nor "Sherlock Holmes", but I really want to. I have seen "Invictus" and recommend that everyone go see that movie because it is one of the best movies of the year.
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2:36PM on 01/03/2010
I personally thought INVICTUS was meh until the rugby at the end made it passable. Definetly not one of the best films of year, and disappointing for an eastwood film
I personally thought INVICTUS was meh until the rugby at the end made it passable. Definetly not one of the best films of year, and disappointing for an eastwood film
4:04PM on 01/03/2010
agreed.. Invictus was a good movie but nowhere near the best of the year.
agreed.. Invictus was a good movie but nowhere near the best of the year.
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