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(ABC)   After less than three weeks in theaters, "Avatar" has hit $1 billion in reciepts worldwide, and shows no signs of slowing down   (abcnews.go.com) divider line 292
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2010-01-03 01:43:57 PM  
Cameron is really good at making money.
 
2010-01-03 01:50:34 PM  
DamnYankees: Cameron is really good at making money.

I thought because this film cost $500M, that he was terrible at making money? I mean, this was supposed to be a terrible flop, a fluke, his financial and artistic Waterloo, a sign that he was far past it, and he'd never make films again.

I for one, am shocked, shocked and appalled that they included foreign receipts in these numbers. I mean, how can we point fingers at how financially unsuccessful this film is if they keep putting numbers out there?
 
2010-01-03 02:03:35 PM  
Slow news day?
 
2010-01-03 02:10:26 PM  
Of course we all know that if more people see your product that means it's better, right?
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2010-01-03 02:26:02 PM  
What a shame he didn't leave any story left to make a sequel.
 
2010-01-03 02:31:03 PM  
I was at a regular theater last night to see Sherlock Holmes and Avatar was still selling out. Jeez.
 
2010-01-03 02:34:40 PM  
I wonder how much of the success has to do with a widespread IMAX release and the expensive 3D technology. Those would both raise ticket prices and gross receipts.

\Who am I kidding?
\\It must be the original story that's selling the tickets!
 
2010-01-03 02:42:15 PM  
olddeegee: Of course we all know that if more people see your product that means it's better, right?

It means it's successful, which is all that's being discussed here.

After all, Titanic was drivel and is the current record-holder.
 
2010-01-03 02:42:51 PM  
ITIL Prince: What a shame he didn't leave any story left to make a sequel.

What? You're kidding, right?
 
2010-01-03 02:53:46 PM  
It's going to bomb at the box office.
 
2010-01-03 03:08:33 PM  
mattharvest: ITIL Prince: What a shame he didn't leave any story left to make a sequel.

What? You're kidding, right?


Isn't the sequel going to take place on one of the system's moons, involving a sister race?
 
2010-01-03 03:45:39 PM  
The Icelander: I wonder how much of the success has to do with a widespread IMAX release and the expensive 3D technology. Those would both raise ticket prices and gross receipts.

\Who am I kidding?
\\It must be the original story that's selling the tickets!


there's an awful lot of poor logic going on with this post.
 
2010-01-03 03:48:49 PM  
Cameron now is the only filmmaker to direct two movies that have topped $1 billion. Along with "Titanic," the others are "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" at $1.13 billion, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" at $1.06 billion and "The Dark Knight" at a fraction over $1 billion, according to box-office tracker Hollywood.com.

With "Avatar" closing in on No. 2 film "The Return of the King," Cameron is in striking distance of having the two top-grossing movies globally.


Cameron's going to be able to spend whatever the fark he wants making Battle Angel.
 
2010-01-03 03:52:38 PM  
The English Major: Isn't the sequel going to take place on one of the system's moons, involving a sister race?

You know Avatar takes place on a moon, right?
 
2010-01-03 03:59:21 PM  
tallguywithglasseson: Cameron's going to be able to spend whatever the fark he wants making Battle Angel.

Cameron said a couple weeks ago that he's not even sure if he's making Battle Angel.
 
2010-01-03 04:03:00 PM  
MIguy: Cameron said a couple weeks ago that he's not even sure if he's making Battle Angel.

Yeah, I know it's in "maybe" status, I guess I'm just hoping that's what he wants to do next.

I really don't think Avatar needs a sequel.
 
2010-01-03 04:08:55 PM  
tallguywithglasseson: Yeah, I know it's in "maybe" status, I guess I'm just hoping that's what he wants to do next.

I really don't think Avatar needs a sequel.


Same here. I'd love to see something like Battle Angel or some other futuristic movie made using the same tech as Avatar.
 
2010-01-03 04:09:46 PM  
MIguy: tallguywithglasseson: Yeah, I know it's in "maybe" status, I guess I'm just hoping that's what he wants to do next.

I really don't think Avatar needs a sequel.

Same here. I'd love to see something like Battle Angel or some other futuristic movie made using the same tech as Avatar.


The next movie to use the Avatar tech is going to be The Hobbit, from what I understand.
 
2010-01-03 05:18:43 PM  
MIguy: Cameron said a couple weeks ago that he's not even sure if he's making Battle Angel.

Between proposed live-action versons of Akira, Ghost in the Shell, and Battle Angel (well, Battle Angel will be "kind of" live action), I wonder how long until we get tentacle-lovin' movies in the big screen. Personally I say just let anime be anime, and let movies be movies.
 
2010-01-03 05:39:10 PM  
DamnYankees: MIguy: tallguywithglasseson:

The next movie to use the Avatar tech is going to be The Hobbit, from what I understand.


I haven't seen "Avatar," so honest question: did they manage to do something better than Gollum? I was watching one of the "Lord of the Rings" movies with friends last night and we were commenting how you never, for a second, even think that Gollum is anything but real. He doesn't look at all like CGI -- how much better can you get beyond that?
 
2010-01-03 05:41:38 PM  
serpent_sky: I haven't seen "Avatar," so honest question: did they manage to do something better than Gollum? I was watching one of the "Lord of the Rings" movies with friends last night and we were commenting how you never, for a second, even think that Gollum is anything but real. He doesn't look at all like CGI -- how much better can you get beyond that?

Avatar is ages beyond Gollum in terms of CGI. It's not even close. The idea of seeing Gollum created using Avatar's CGI is mindblowing.
 
2010-01-03 05:52:16 PM  
Great 3D CGI.
Boring storyline.
Will still win over 10 Technical Oscars.
 
2010-01-03 05:56:10 PM  
In before Avatar haters arri-

Oh, damn.
 
2010-01-03 05:56:16 PM  
I'm waiting for AgentOrangeDrink to come in this thread to say how much Avatar sucks and insult the people who like it. It's like clockwork.
 
2010-01-03 05:59:28 PM  
serpent_sky: DamnYankees: MIguy: tallguywithglasseson:

The next movie to use the Avatar tech is going to be The Hobbit, from what I understand.

I haven't seen "Avatar," so honest question: did they manage to do something better than Gollum? I was watching one of the "Lord of the Rings" movies with friends last night and we were commenting how you never, for a second, even think that Gollum is anything but real. He doesn't look at all like CGI -- how much better can you get beyond that?


As DamnYankees said, it's not even close. Some of the most amazing scenes for me when they have the Na'Vi (the big 10-foot blue people) and humans in the same scene. The scaling felt right.

The 3D is above anything ever shown. It's not just jumping out at you, it's immersive. You feel like you are in the scene.

I've never had a movie amaze me that way since I saw the original Star Wars. I was about 7 then.
 
2010-01-03 06:00:53 PM  
Avatar? What is this Ava..tar you speak of?
 
2010-01-03 06:03:31 PM  
www.world-of-nintendo.com
I hope it keeps growing
 
2010-01-03 06:10:21 PM  
Well he wants to make 2 more avatars and he's said he wants to make 3 battle angels.

Well, one of them will have to win out if he's making a trilogy. Because by the time he's done making all 6 he'll be like 80.

So... I think either he needs to not do a trilogy for either or just stick with avatar.
 
2010-01-03 06:12:40 PM  
Jamdug! 2010-01-03 05:52:16 PM Great 3D CGI. Boring storyline. Will still win over 10 Technical Oscars.
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It should. Just because something has a bad storyline (I dunno, I haven't seen it yet) doesn't mean it shouldn't win because of the amazing technology.

Course, we already know that the oscars think like you, though.

Slumdog millionaire (which was not in the farthest realms of 'technical') won nearly every technical category it was nominated for. (It lost only 1 I think, to the dark knight)
 
2010-01-03 06:15:15 PM  
Well. I heard he spent $2 trillion making it.
 
2010-01-03 06:15:21 PM  
DamnYankees: MIguy: tallguywithglasseson: Yeah, I know it's in "maybe" status, I guess I'm just hoping that's what he wants to do next.

I really don't think Avatar needs a sequel.

Same here. I'd love to see something like Battle Angel or some other futuristic movie made using the same tech as Avatar.

The next movie to use the Avatar tech is going to be The Hobbit, from what I understand.


Cool. I can't wait to see the Men of Dale fighting the Battle of Five Armies in AMP suits.
 
2010-01-03 06:18:19 PM  
I have nothing against Avatar, but how many updates on its box office receipts do we really need here on FARK? One per day isn't enough already?
 
2010-01-03 06:18:24 PM  
buckler: DamnYankees: MIguy: tallguywithglasseson: Yeah, I know it's in "maybe" status, I guess I'm just hoping that's what he wants to do next.

I really don't think Avatar needs a sequel.

Same here. I'd love to see something like Battle Angel or some other futuristic movie made using the same tech as Avatar.

The next movie to use the Avatar tech is going to be The Hobbit, from what I understand.

Cool. I can't wait to see the Men of Dale fighting the Battle of Five Armies in AMP suits.


And don't forget Bilbo flying on the back of Smaug using his neural connections.

/Wait, what?
 
2010-01-03 06:19:15 PM  
What I find amazing is that, domestically, the movie made more last night than it did the Saturday of the movie's opening weekend.

http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=daily&id=avatar.htm
 
2010-01-03 06:20:21 PM  
This brings up a good point: Andy Sirkis was robbed of an Oscar nod for his portrayal of Gollum in LOTR, because the academy is full of idiots who didn't understand that the Gollum character was performed by a real person. They didn't see the CGI as if it was just prosthetic makeup.

Hopefully, the mo-cap used in Avatar is easier for academy members to understand, because I think Zoe Saldana did an AWESOME job at this and deserves at least a nomination.
 
buz
2010-01-03 06:20:50 PM  
I'm STILL waiting for Titanic II.......
 
2010-01-03 06:22:51 PM  
I'm still waiting for an IMAX showing at a normal time that isn't sold out.
 
2010-01-03 06:23:26 PM  
MrPerfectSU: I have nothing against Avatar, but how many updates on its box office receipts do we really need here on FARK? One per day isn't enough already?

I really hope nobody actually cares that "Avatar" might "unseat" one of their favorite movies from some arbitrary top-10 list. It's not suddenly going to erase all DVDs of "The Dark Knight," or blink "Revenge of the Sith" out of existence. And in 3-4 years when some other movie comes and bumps "Avatar" down a spot, I hope those fans don't get all weird and butthurt either. They're just farking movies.
 
2010-01-03 06:24:32 PM  
I'll Netflix it. Eventually.
 
2010-01-03 06:24:37 PM  
I've been reading most of the Avatar threads on here, but haven't commented on it. For as long as it was in production, I had no more than a passing interest in seeing it. I saw the commercials and thought it looked like a videogame and still had no plans to go see it. After hearing from friends that it was a lot of fun, I was talked into catching it. Even up until about 10-15 minutes of the movie, I was still apathetic towards it. Well, I can say after seeing it that it's the most fun I've had at the movies this year and I plan on seeing it once more before it leaves theaters. There were some problems obviously (like Rodriguez's character's sudden decision), but the whole was better then the sum of its parts.

Also, regarding Gollum. As good as he was for his time, I always thought it looked totally CG and never bought him. The only time in Avatar I was taken aback, that I can recall, is when Jake jumped onto his banshee. It looked hokey to me, but that's about it.

Cooooooooool story
 
2010-01-03 06:26:17 PM  
buz: I'm STILL waiting for Titanic II.......

The Titanic returns as a giant Transformer, powered by the souls of its passengers. It finally arrives at its destination, tear-assing around the United States. Only the ghost of Jack can save the day, but he has the unfortunate obstacle of being incorporeal.
 
2010-01-03 06:34:34 PM  
mattharvest: After all, Titanic was drivel and is the current record-holder.

I thought Titanic was an amazing movie. The production was just outstanding team accomplishment.
 
2010-01-03 06:36:19 PM  
buz: I'm STILL waiting for Titanic II.......

futurama did it

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/hot like a stolen image
 
2010-01-03 06:36:57 PM  
I couldn't help thinking that Avatar's tech would make for a great version of Robotech.
 
2010-01-03 06:37:39 PM  
The English Major: Isn't the sequel going to take place on one of the system's moons, involving a sister race?

It would not happen to the small moon around Endor, and the diminutive Ewok people?
 
2010-01-03 06:39:40 PM  
Capital A: I'm still waiting for an IMAX showing at a normal time that isn't sold out.

Go to Fandango.com and purchase advance tickets, then pick them up at the Fandango machine in the lobby (assuming there is one, of course). Otherwise, pick them up at the box office, or print them out at home and head right to the ticket-taker. No muss, no fuss. That's how I got into the sold-out showing when I went.
 
2010-01-03 06:39:54 PM  
LouDobbsAwaaaay: I'll Netflix it. Eventually.

Heh. That would be a waste of money. This movie truly is something that has to be seen in 3D to appreciate. It is quite outstanding.
 
2010-01-03 06:40:28 PM  
I like these threads because it's like watching sports for film geeks. None of it ever matters, by why not root for some arbitrary 'team?' No harm done.
 
2010-01-03 06:42:05 PM  
LouDobbsAwaaaay: I'll Netflix it. Eventually.

And you will not know why it's such a hit.

That's like watching "Captain EO" at home.
 
2010-01-03 06:42:35 PM  
The Glass Dragon: I'm waiting for AgentOrangeDrink to come in this thread to say how much Avatar sucks and insult the people who like it. It's like clockwork.

Awww, you really love me, don't you? You wait patiently for my arrival, desperately hoping I'll fulfill some masochistic desire of yours to be mocked in front of an audience. Well, I'm sorry fatty, I'm watching football today.
 
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