AMC is threatening to join a boycott started by theaters in the Netherlands and Great Britain over Disney’s plans to shorten the window between its theatrical and DVD release of the 3D pic Alice In Wonderland from 17 weeks to 12 weeks. The theater owners fear this move will cut into their theatrical earnings. Interestingly, […]
he last two weekends saw the Avatar vs Titanic box office derby reach a point where Titanic finally began to beat Avatar on a “same day of run” basis, and so now that this “crossover” point has been achieved, it’s as good a time as any to take a look at where the two are now, and where Avatar is likely to end up. As of President’s Day Monday, Avatar had reached a total Domestic Gross of $666,388,502, while through the same number of days in release Titanic had reached 376,270,721. This means that Titanic still had $225M of business to go.
It’s official: Just a few minutes ago Fox announced that Avatar has reached $601.2M thru Tuesday, February 2, and in so doing has surpassed Titanic’s unadjusted Box Office record take of $600.8M.
James Cameron’s Avatar led the field in this morning’s Oscar Nominations with 9 nominations,for best picture, best director, best original score, sound mixing, sound editing, cinematography, art direction, editing, and visual effects.
Based on studio estimates Avatar has won Friday’s box office derby with $7.5M, a drop of only 17% from the previous Friday and a number that tracks with Avatar reaching a figure of $29M for the weekend — which is $2-3M higher than the $26m that was the average predicted by box office prophets across the spectrum going into the weekend. $29M would dethrone Titanic for the highest 7th weekend ever (Titanic notched $25m) and would leave Avatar $29M short of Titanic’s US record of $600.7M.
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.
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.
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 […]
here are times in life when the ridiculousness of what is going wrong rises to a level where you just have to shake your head and grimly hang on. This was one such a moment. I could feel the blood rushing to my head as I thought about the financial train wreck that was about to happen — but the more immediate problem of getting Lorna to the hospital provided a sort of respite. Sometimes there are things that come along which just pretty much demand your full attention — this was one.
How cool is that? This is what, for me, makes Avatar an extraordinary act of creation. Those who focus only on the storyline are really missing the point.
While there is no doubt that on the human side there’s a military force and the colonel leading this force is an American — it is also made clear at the very beginning of the movie that this is a mercenary force, not the US Army.
BEIJING — Science-fiction blockbuster “Avatar” grossed more than 33 million yuan (4.8 million dollars) on its opening day in China this week, setting a new record, state media reported Wednesday.
James Cameron’s ground-breaking 3-D epic surpassed Zhang Yimou’s “A Simple Noodle Story”, a remake of the Coen brothers’ “Blood Simple”, which earned 21 […]
The figures are out for yesterday, Monday, January 4 and Avatar has beaten expectations again with BOG of $8.1M. As I pointed out in my post yesterday, if Avatar had suffered the same Sunday/Monday percentage drop that Titanic did on it’s Monday after New Years (Titanic went from $8m on Sunday to $3m on Monday, […]
Box Office Mojo is reporting the weekend actuals. Brandon Gray reports: “‘Avatar’ beat its estimates again, coming in at $68.5 million domestically and $136.3 million internationally for the weekend. On the other hand, ‘Sherlock Holmes,’ ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks’ and others were significantly overestimated…”
Here’s the chart of Avatar’s actuals compared to Titanic’s actuals — […]
Today is a crucial day for Avatar box office watchers. The holidays are over and the reality of a ‘regular’ Monday at the box office is about to set in. How “regular” will it be?
Well, first some perspective.
On the first Monday after the New Years Weekend, Titanic dropped 66% from $8M on Sunday, […]
EDI Nielsen is reporting this morning that Avatar will earn $68.3M on this, its third weekend in release based on studio estimates on Sunday morning. There is a possibility it might go a bit higher — indeed, every other time there has been a ‘studio estimate’ the figure has been revised upward when final […]
I’ve just finished putting up http://avatarvstitanic.wordpress.com — a daily tracking site to watch how Avatar proceeds in the “beat Titanic” derby I’ve been writing about. I’ll be updating it daily in the coming weeks. I’ll look pretty stupid if all my predictions turn out to be wrong. Anyway, it’s just for fun.
Last week as the week was rolling along, I got the feeling that people were not putting Avatar’s Box Office performance into perspective — that people weren’t studying the trend lines which showed it has a very different trajectory than a ‘typical’ 75m opening weekend film would have. So … dipping my toes into the […]
Well, it seems I hit a nerve with my prediction that Avatar will overtake Titanic and could possibly go as high as $1B domestically. I’ve been getting a lot of heat on some discussion boards. My prediction was called “insane”, “outrageous”, and more. In my original post I gave some of the stats that led […]
Weekend Box Office figures are in and Avatar only dropped off 3% which means Cameron’s film has phenomenal word of mouth as well as the ability to draw viewers back for second and third viewings. Considering that the average dropoff for a blockbuster is around 40%, this bodes extremely well for the longterm prospects and […]
(In Part 1 of this post, we left off at 3am on the morning of the first day of filming of Umiyak Pati Langit, a Filipino film that was my first feature film as a producer. My 50% partner had just driven away after telling me that his money hadn’t […]
Once a decade or so a movie comes along that is so outrageously dumb and filled with folly that the idea pops into your head–could this be the worst movie of all time? 10,000 BC is such a movie. At a minimum its among the most unforgivably dumb movies […]
Someday I’m going to put out a memoir along the lines of “Dispatches from the Trenches of Indie Film Warfare”….so along the way, I’m going to make a point of doing a post about each film–what the experience was like. This is the first installment.
We’re now about 12 weeks out from the start of filming for MovieBank Studios‘ Way of the Dolphin and so I’m finding that my days are already starting earlier and going longer–no surprise there. Producer Susan Johnson has collected 794 resumes of crew applicants, which gives you an […]
For all of us out in indie outposts like MovieBank Studios, the prospect of legal movie downloads progressing to the point that they become the option of choice for non-theatrical viewing is something of a holy grail….if it happens, really happens, many of the barriers that make our work […]
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.
Michael Sellers — Writing and Video Services
- Arsha Sellers — Today I’m One Big Step Closer to Becoming a Real Forever Dad
- Meet Abby Sellers and Arshavin Sellers — My Wife, My Son, My Inspiration Every Day
- What the Mueller Report Actually Says
- Remembering James Blount, an American Who “Got” the Philippines in 1901
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