Avatar Box Office Swamps Titanic Worldwide Record

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.

Avatar (20th Century Fox)
Avatar (20th Century Fox)

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.

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Avatar Box Office Creeps Up on World Record

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
Avatar (20th Century Fox)

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 Titanic’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.

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Avatar Box Office Continues to Break Records

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.

Avatar
Avatar

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, singing rodents…

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‘Avatar’ Box Office Tops $73 Million over Weekend

James Cameron‘s sci-fi epic Avatar dominated the box office over the weekend, raking in over $73 million in ticket sales. The massively expensive film still has a way to go however, before it recoups the reported $300 to $500 million spent making the movie.

Avatar
Avatar

Avatar topped the box office over the weekend with $73 million in U.S. ticket sales, the second-highest grossing December debut of all time. Avatar has raked in around $232 million worldwide so far. Although exact figures have not been released, it is estimated the film cost between $300 and $500 million to produce and market.

Although some critics were a bit put off by previews of the film, Avatar has been widely praised by reviewers and audiences alike since its release. The movie is surprisingly thoughtful for such a big-budget blockbuster and few can argue that film is spectacularly gorgeous to watch.

Disney’s The Princess and the Frog came in at number two in the weekend box office with $12.2 million, followed by the dark horse Sandra Bullock flick The Blind Side with $10 million. The Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Grant comedy Did You Hear About the Morgans came in at fourth with $7 million, followed by The Twilight Saga: New Moon in fifth with $4.4 million.

Next weekend Avatar will battle for the top spot against upcoming releases Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Downey Jr. and the romantic comedy It’s Complicated, starring Meryl Streep.

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‘Up in the Air’ Big Winner at Golden Globe Nominations 2010

The George Clooney starring drama Up in the Air leads the 2010 Golden Globe nominations this year with six nods to the critically acclaimed film. The Golden Globe nominations for 2010 were announced on Tuesday.

Up in the Air - George Clooney
Up in the Air - George Clooney

Up in the Air led the 2010 field for the Golden Globe Awards with six nominations, including best director (Jason Reitman), best screenplay, best actor (Clooney) and best motion picture – drama. In the best picture category, Up in the Air will be up against the sci-fi blockbuster Avatar, The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds and Precious.

The field for best picture – musical or comedy includes the musical Nine, It’s Complicated, Julie & Julia, 500 Days of Summer and The Hangover. The best director category mostly reflects the choices for the best pictures, with Reitman for Up in the Air, Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker, Quentin Tarantino for Inglourious Basterds, James Cameron for Avatar and Clint Eastwood for Invictus.

For a list of television nominees for the 2010 Golden Globes, check them out over at SmallScreenScoop.com.

The Golden Globes air on NBC Jan. 17, hosted by Ricky Gervais.