The Avatar juggernaut continued to roll during the 21-23 January weekend, and now with the actuals out it is confirmed that James Cameron’s sci-fi epic logged a U.S. gross of $34.9m (we had predicted $34m), off only 18 percent from the previous week — a pace that is in line with Titanic’s trend at the same point in its release and the lowest dropoff by far of any wide releases currently in theaters.
When Avatar picked up Best Picture and Best Director at the Golden Globes, it seemed likely that the march to coronate Avatar as Best Picture was one — but last night the Producers Guild gave its top honor to Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker” and this, plus the Screen Actor’s Guild also ignoring Avatar (not a surprise) leaves the Oscar race for Best Picture in a state of confusion.
It’s official: With $36M for the Jan 21-23 weekend in the US and another big foreign weekend, Avatar has moved into the number one all time spot in terms of foreign gross, and will overtake Titanic for overall global gross (US + Foreign) in a matter of days.
UPDATE 12:00PM PST: Fox has just announced that Titanic, with it’s Saturday overseas take, has passed Titanic as the all-time #1 in terms of overseas gross. The James Cameron mega-budget blockbuster rolled up an overseas cume through Sunday of $1.288 billion, exceeding by $46 million “Titanic’s” 13-year international boxoffice record of $1.242 billion.” END UPDATE
Yesterday being the first Saturday since August with no football games to watch, and the new crop of films being relatively uninspiring, my wife and I decided to take in an Avatar matinee at the nearest IMAX. We arrived an hour early and were the first in line — didn’t expect that — […]
So, as of today, Avatar has unadjusted gross of $512,852,205 in 34 days in release. Titanic had $242,748,914 after 34 days in release. If we apply the inflation adjuster we multiply Titanic’s total of $242,748,914 by 156% (derived by dividing $4.69 into $7.45) and Titanic’s adjusted total becomes$380,427,403 after 34 days in release.
Detailed article on the creative connection between Edgar Rice Burroughs and James Cameron.
Analysis of Avatar’s prospects going into its sixth weekend against three newcomers: Legion, Tooth Fairy, and Extraordinary measures.
The Tuesday box office actuals are out and Avatar took in $4,190,947 out of a total top ten Box Office for the day of $11,640,436, for a 36% share of the top ten box office. Both the gross number and percentage share are consistent with what now appears to be Avatar’s inevitable march toward Titanic’s all-time US record of $600M.
In Sunday’s New York Times, Manohla Dargis has an excellent piece which relies heavily on much of what Broderick has been saying, and is reprinted in part here
Newly crowned Golden Globe champ Avatar notched an impressive estimated Martin Luther King Monday Take of $11m en route to a $54.6M 4 Day MLK Weekend Total that continues to shatter box office records.
The new prediction model shows that Avatar will surpass Titanic between Feb 4 and 6, not Valentine’s Day as many are predicting.
8PM PST: Avatar has just won Best Picture and Best Director at the Golden Globes. In accepting, Cameron acknowledge the “great, creative, amazing people” in the room — then said “I think this is the best job in the world. We all have the best job in the world. We make entertainment for the global […]
The Sunday morning box office numbers are out and Avatar has won a fifth consecutive weekend with an estimated take of $41.6m, soundly thumping Book of Eli and setting more records in the process:
Remembering the production of Goodbye America, a film about the closing of Subic Bay Naval Base in the Philippines in 1992 starring James Brolin, Michael York, Rae Dawn Chong, Alexis Arquette, Corin Nemec, and John Haymes Newton.
Chart and Graph showing Avatar and Titanic Box Office daily through 4 weeks in release.
It’s Friday again and Avatar weekend box office prediction time is here. Last weekend most predictions were in the low to mid $40m range. Avatar was initially reported to have done $48.5M; this was subsequently upgraded to $50.3m. I had predicted $53M so I was close, but a little bit over. What about this weekend? […]
Avatar grossed $4.7 million on Wednesday, Jan. 13, according to figures released at Box Office Mojo. Compared to Tuesday, its earnings dropped by only 6.4 percent. After 27 days out, James Cameron’s ecologically conscious sci-fi adventure has taken in a remarkable $445.7 million at the domestic box office. Avatar is now #4 on the all-time domestic box-office chart (not adjusted for inflation or higher 3D/IMAX ticket prices) It will surely be #3 by Monday, ahead of George Lucas‘ Stars Wars ($460m).
As Avatar continues its march up the all-time box office charts, the chorus of critics of Cameron’s sci-fi epic seem increasingly anxious to minimize its achievements. This is no surprise. After all, the film sits out there as a giant target to take shots at. In the realm of “ways to minimize Avatar’s achievement” is […]
Tuesday box office numbers are in, and Avatar held steady at $5,066,734, bringing its US total to $441M, just $200,000 behind Shrek 2 which will be the next rung on the ladder for Avatar, leaving only Star Wars ($460m), Dark Knight ($533M), and Titanic ($600M) ahead of Cameron’s sci-fi epic
Avatar continues to roll; Monday the Cameron Sci-Fi Epic clocked $5.11M on Monday, notching 44% of the total Box Office Gross for the day of $11M. Avatar also moved past #6 All-Time Star Wars: Episode 1 and #5 E.T: The Extra Terrestrial to land in #4 All Time US Box Office.
Fox Studios has made James Cameron’s original screenplay for Avatar available for download. The screenplay contains substantial differences from the final cut of the film.
Avatar’s weekend performance of $48.5M US Domestic Gross has carried James Cameron’s Sci-fi epic past a variety of new milestones as if flexes its muscles and continues to demonstrate that it will eventually surpass Titanic as the #1 All Time Box Office Hit.
Avatar may be showing the first sign of weakening, with a 4th Friday gross of “only” $13m. It’s still on track to break Titanic’s record $28m for a 4th weekend, but it is unlikely to reach $50m as some (including yours truly) had predicted.
This is a CG Animated Video which includes multiple views of Sullenberger’s aircraft both from outside looking in, and from the cockpit, as well as all cockpit and tower transmission. It is a real-time presentation of the 6 minute drama from the time it took off until the aircraft was in the Hudson River.
Analysis of Avatar-vs-Titanic box office numbers, day by day, leads to the conclusion that Avatar will surpass Titanic on February 11, 2009.
The Thursday Box Office Figures are out and James Cameron’s Avatar racked up an impressive $6,094,445, pushing it $270,000 ahead of Revenge of the Sith to claim the Number 10 All-Time Domestic Box Office Position with Gross To Date after only 21 Days of $380.5M. Titanic through 21 Days had grossed $169M, extending Avatar’s “same […]
Year of the Spy Book Trailer
Above is the Year of the Spy Book Trailer — for my upcoming non-fiction book about espionage upheavals on the streets of Moscow in 1985.
Below is a “trailer” showcasing the writing and video services I provide to clients.
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- Remembering James Blount, an American Who “Got” the Philippines in 1901
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