James Cameron‘s Avatar has topped the weekend box office for the seventh week in a row. The sci-fi epic pulled in an esitamed $30 million for the weekend in the U.S., bringing Avatar within easy striking distance of breaking the domestic box office record currently held by Titanic.
Avatar has already broken nearly every other box office record out there, topping Titanic for highest grossing film of all time and taking the record for the highest grossing film world-wide. All that’s left is the U.S. domestic box office record and Avatar is expected to take that one as well within a few days.
Coming in second at the weekend box office was the Mel Gibson thriller Edge of Darkness, with $17.1 million. The romantic comedy When in Rome debuted in third with $12 million, followed by The Tooth Fairy, The Book of Eli and Legion rounding out the top five.
Avatar may seem like an astounding box office success, but adjust for inflation and the film might not even make the top ten. Films like Gone with the Wind, The Graduate and even 101 Dalmations would have topped it at the box office if you adjusted their earnings to today’s dollars, according to Box Office Mojo.
Chris Aronson of 20th Century Fox, however, says comparing box office sales in such a way doesn’t add up. “Back in 1939, the entertainment options were somewhat limited,” Aronson said. “That was a different world, when the only things competing with movies might be radio theater. It’s not a fair comparison.”
Whether or not Avatar can truly be called the biggest money-making film of all time, no one can argue the film’s success at the box office is spectacular. If someone had pitched us the plot for this movie and said it would make over a billion at the box office, we probably would have thought they were totally nuts.
Avatar has finally overtaken James Cameron‘s previous epic blockbuster Titanic at the worldwide box office. With 1.844 billion in earnings, Avatar is now the highest grossing film of all time.
We’re thinking James Cameron is probably feeling pretty full of himself right about now. He shouldn’t feel too cocky though. As Kristina Dorsey of TheDay.com notes: If you were to adjust for inflation, 1939’s Gone with the Wind would still hold the world record. Way back then, the film only made $400 million, but that would translate into a spectacular 6 billion dollars in today’s market.
Avatar has already pushed aside Titanic overseas, becoming the highest earning film in history outside of the U.S. The only Titanic record left for Avatar to beat is conquering the U.S. domestic box office. Titanic still holds the record there with $600.8 million in ticket sales, but Avatar isn’t far behind with over $550 million so far.
Considering the film is only six weeks into release and will probably be lingering in theaters for a while yet, we’re thinking it’s only a matter of time before that record falls as well.
Despite a 16 percent drop off in viewers this week, James Cameron‘s sci-fi epic Avatar came out on top at the weekend box office yet again. Avatar earned $36 million over the weekend, bringing the film’s total box office earnings to $1.8 billion.
Avatar now trails James Cameron’s other epic movie, Titanic, by only $7 million at the box office. It seems almost a given at this point that Avatar will shortly break the record for the highest grossing film of all time.
The film has already managed to take the title of the largest grossing film overseas, bringing in $1.288 billion outside of the U.S. – beating Titanicâ€™s record of $1.242 billion. Avatar has not yet managed to break Titanic‘s domestic box office record so far.
The downside to all this box office love? We’re sure to be plagued with Avatar knock-offs for years to come. Sigh. Including, more than likely, a far less interesting sequel that will totally fail to capture the charm and intrigue of the first film.
James Cameron‘s sci-fi epic Avatar continues to break box office records for the fourth straight week. Avatar topped the weekend box office once again, raking in over $48 million in ticket sales.
So far worldwide, Avatar has earned $1.34 billion, coming in second in total earnings only to James Cameron’s previous epic film, Titanic. Titanic earned $1.8 billion total. Although Avatar continues to creep up on that previous record, with sales starting to slow, it is still questionable if the new James Cameron film will manage to overtake the old in total sales.
Avatar now holds the record as the top grossing film of 2009 and the best fourth weekend ticket sales of any film in history.
Sherlock Holmes followed Avatar in second place at the weekend box office, with Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel coming in third. The anti-Twilight vampire flick Daybreakers pulled in at number four, with the Meryl Streep comedy It’s Complicated rounding out the top five.
We just feel embarrassed for any film that came in after Alvin and the Chipmunks. I’d resign from Hollywood if my movie debuted below a recycled film about animated, singingÂ rodents…