Box Office: Avatar is King of the World wth $73 Million Opening

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That’s it? Just $73 million? How much did “Titanic” make again? Just kidding. Compared to his last film, any number would have seemed inadequate. “Avatar”, the self-proclaimed king of the world’s first feature-length movie in 12 years (“Titanic” came out in 1997) opened to the tune of $73 million at the domestic box office, but brought in $159 million Internationally, giving it a worldwide total of $232 million in just its first week of release. Official numbers have the film costing $300 million to produce, though unofficial numbers peg it somewhere in the $500 million dollar range. Still, $232 in the first week ain’t bad, and given the film’s universally heralded industry-busting special effects, “Avatar” would seem to have long legs ahead of it, one of the primary reasons why Cameron’s “Titanic” did so well 12 years ago.

With the monster that is “Avatar” scheduled to open this week, only one studio film dared challenge it for supremacy. Sony chose to go with the Sarah Jessica Parker counter-programming romantic comedy “Did You Hear About the Morgans?”, which opened in fourth place with $7 million. Other, smaller films opening this week included the musical “Nine”, which bowed in just four screens, the same number that hosted “Crazy Heart”, while “The Young Victoria” added 20 screens into the mix.

Last week’s #1, Disney’s animated “The Princess and the Frog” fell to second place with $12 million, giving it $44.7 in four weeks, with last week being its first real wide release. 2009′s surprise hit, the Sandra Bullock football movie “The Blind Side” continues to make noise at the box office, slipping down just one spot to #3 with another solid $10 million haul, giving it $164 million in five weeks of release. Clint Eastwood’s rugby movie, meanwhile, fell three spots to #6 in its second week. The film has only grossed $15.8 million so far.

Box Office Top 10 (via) [Italics Denotes New Release]:

# TITLE WEEKEND RECEIPT TOTAL BOX OFFICE WEEKS
.1 Avatar $73,000,000 $73,000,000 1
.2 The Princess and the Frog $12,224,000 $44,756,000 4
.3 The Blind Side $10,030,000 $164,734,000 5
.4 Did You Hear About the Morgans? $7,000,000 $7,000,000 1
.5 The Twilight Saga: New Moon $4,370,000 $274,561,000 5
.6 Invictus $4,170,000 $15,845,000 2
.7 A Christmas Carol (2009) $3,419,000 $130,789,000 7
.8 Up in the Air $3,100,000 $8,106,000 3
.9 Brothers $2,630,000 $22,091,000 3
.10 Old Dogs $2,289,000 $43,574,000 4

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  • Rachael

    If you go for a lovely movie with a wonderful viewing experience, this movie is for you! I can compare a bit with what everyone has said so far. James is right, for how much money was dropped on this movie, the outcome wasn’t quite what was expected… But it took titanic 4 weeks to get to 166 mil; I think we just have to see how this plays out. The movie has tons of hype, and most sites you go to give it a wonderful review of 7-9 stars out of ten! Mike- I agree with you here… The Avatar DID give me a brand new experience I had never had before. I felt like I was actually in Pandora. Some points through the movie I even wished “Man, I wish I could be an Avatar!” It’s true though as well… The story HAS been done before, and I felt some parts were predictable… HOWEVER, the fact that you were on a brand new planet brought on a new way of looking, making many parts of this overdone story to be rather UNPREDICTABLE. And to be honest, there is so much going on in this movie the fact that it’s somewhat predictable lets your mind rest a little bit and enjoy the scenery; The CGI was amazing IMO breathtaking actually, so fluid and real. Everything straight down to the foliage. Filled with romance, action, trust, love for nature and networking of the people, it sends a message to us that our future can cause us and others problems. If you have seen the movie, you know what I’m talking about. Like I said, if you’re a critic looking for a totally original story, I can’t say you will be very happy. As far as great acting, crazy realistic cgi, and just the viewing of a lifetime, go check it out! I can’t wait to get it on DVD :)

  • Rachael

    If you go for a lovely movie with a wonderful viewing experience, this movie is for you! I can compare a bit with what everyone has said so far. James is right, for how much money was dropped on this movie, the outcome wasn’t quite what was expected… But it took titanic 4 weeks to get to 166 mil; I think we just have to see how this plays out. The movie has tons of hype, and most sites you go to give it a wonderful review of 7-9 stars out of ten! Mike- I agree with you here… The Avatar DID give me a brand new experience I had never had before. I felt like I was actually in Pandora. Some points through the movie I even wished “Man, I wish I could be an Avatar!” It’s true though as well… The story HAS been done before, and I felt some parts were predictable… HOWEVER, the fact that you were on a brand new planet brought on a new way of looking, making many parts of this overdone story to be rather UNPREDICTABLE. And to be honest, there is so much going on in this movie the fact that it’s somewhat predictable lets your mind rest a little bit and enjoy the scenery; The CGI was amazing IMO breathtaking actually, so fluid and real. Everything straight down to the foliage. Filled with romance, action, trust, love for nature and networking of the people, it sends a message to us that our future can cause us and others problems. If you have seen the movie, you know what I’m talking about. Like I said, if you’re a critic looking for a totally original story, I can’t say you will be very happy. As far as great acting, crazy realistic cgi, and just the viewing of a lifetime, go check it out! I can’t wait to get it on DVD :)