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 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 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 comedyÂ It’s Complicated, starring Meryl Streep.
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 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.