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AVATAR Breaks $1 Billion

Avatar Racks up $1 billion worldwide over first 17 days.

By Jarrod Sarafin     January 02, 2010


After years of waiting for his directorial return to the world of cinema and endless debates between the fans on whether James Cameron could stand up to the pressures of a different box office climate than the one he weathered in decades past, it seems it was much ado about nothing. James Cameron and 20th Century Fox have another record-breaking juggernaut on their hands, 12 years after Titanic shattered expectations.
 With Avatar scoring up another $68.3 million in the states and $133.5 million from 110 foreign markets, first place in both categories for the third weekend in a row, James Cameron’s latest sci-fi epic is not only $48 mil away from crossing the $400 million domestic mark but has already crossed the $1 billion worldwide barrier. This latest weekend victory has increased its overall domestic cume to $352.1 million after just 17 days of distribution, clearly on its way to becoming the highest earner of 2009 once it surpasses Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen ($402.1 million).
And the latest global victory has its foreign gross sitting at an amazing $666.7 million with its worldwide tally crossing the billion barrier for $1,018,811,000, the fourth-highest worldwide grossing film of all-time. It will surely move up two slots for the 2nd best all-time by next weekend as it passes:
3. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest- $1,066,179,725
2. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King- $1,119,110,941
Does it have hopes of catching James Cameron’s Titanic? That seems to be the question on a lot of minds the past week. His Oscar-winning 1997 film is on top all-time with $1,842,879,955, with $1.2 billion of that from foreign tickets alone.
There can be no doubt that Avatar is showing the legs and the repeat viewing momentum to propel the film into the 2nd all-time spot by next weekend but whether it can grab another $600 million worldwide after its fourth weekend is in the bag is something else entirely.
Sound off on its prospects below.
Here's the top 5 domestic earners in history
1. Titanic- $600.7 million
2. The Dark Knight- $533.3 million
3. Star Wars- $460.9 million
4. Shrek 2- $441.2 million
5. E.T.- $435.1 million
Warner Bros. Sherlock Holmes and Fox’s Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel also continued doing very well at the box office over the New Year celebrations.
The Robert Downey Jr.-led adventure grabbed another $38.3 million to increase its domestic gross to $140.6 million. With another $88.3 million from foreign markets, the film has a worldwide cume of $228.9 million.
Fox, who’s already enjoying the tremendous success of Avatar, is scoring another family-related victory with Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel racking up another $36.6 million over its second weekend of release. This has its domestic gross sitting at $157.3 million.
Check out the rest of the final estimates below.

$68.3 mil
$352.1 mil
Sherlock Holmes
$38.3 mil
$140.6 mil
Alvin and the Chipmunks 2
$36.6 mil
$157.3 mil
It’s Complicated
$18.7 mil
$59.1 mil
The Blind Side
$12.6 mil
$209.0 mil
Up in the Air
$11.3 mil
$45.0 mil
The Princess and the Frog
$10.0 mil
$86.0 mil
Did You Hear About the Morgans?
$5.2 mil
$25.6 mil
$4.2 mil
$14.0 mil
$4.1 mil
$30.7 mil

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DarthDuck 1/2/2010 10:00:32 PM

A wise man* once said: "Avatar owns son!"

The number should keep climbing.  Many people, myself included, want to see this a time or two again before it is out of theaters.  It just won't be the same at home


*this wise man should not be confused with that wiseguy, though he is also wise

troopershades 1/2/2010 11:34:05 PM

Yes, I plan on takin the girl friend to see it.  I saw it once already last weekend but I really want her to check it out.  Plus I didnt see it in 3d and everyone keeps telling me how badly I suck so I have to redeem myself.  And as the Duck pointed out, wont be the same at home...for sure.

raa2001 1/2/2010 11:43:02 PM

 I haven't seen it yet so there's my $10-12 to add to it.

markeetundra 1/3/2010 1:11:51 AM

I heard it hit a Billion dollars so far.  Avatar is just destroying.

okonomiyaki4000 1/3/2010 1:53:45 AM

 I heard it hit a Trillion Space Bucks in the Milky Way Galaxy alone. The intergalactic numbers should be amazing. Also, why would anyone not see it in 3D? Why do they even offer other D's as an option? After this movie, I never want to watch anything in less than 3D again. I'm eagerly awaiting the sequel in 4 or 5D. But seriously, lets hope ET is finally knocked out of the top 5. That movie is such an anomaly. What was wrong with people in the 80's? Is it not one of the worst movies ever made? 

okonomiyaki4000 1/3/2010 2:03:36 AM

 I just looked at the Top5 list again and I need to add a few things:

All the Shreks are horrible. So I hope Avatar knocks that piece of crap off the list too. 

Star Wars was one of the greatest movies of all time until the prequels, now all 6 are unwatchable. So I'm hoping Avatar kicks that one down to number 11 at least because I don't even want to see it on a top 10 list.

I really liked a lot of things about The Dark Knight but then I remembered that I'm in my 30s and there's no reason a movie about a guy who puts on a mask to frighten thugs and risks his life and fortune on a quest to rid the world of crime should appeal to me. It's a character for 10 year olds in a movie none of them should be allowed to watch. So please, Avatar, knock that one out of the top 5 as well.

Titanic had some things going for it but I really never thought it had any business being #1. So that's gotta go too. 

From now on, 1-5 are all Avatar. If there's some rule that the same movie can't be listed more than once, then you can call it by one of its other names like "Dances With Wolves" or "The Last Samurai".

invisage 1/3/2010 3:09:08 AM

After Sunday Avatar is sitting on $344 Million domestically, almost taking in as much as Sherlock & the Chipmunks together (that could be an interesting movie right there :P).

No Official numbers yet but apparently Markeetundra is right with Avatar hitting the Billion Dollar mark on Sunday. Not sure where they would go with a second movie, but fox must be screaming for it already.

Good work Mr Cameron!

karas1 1/3/2010 3:56:46 AM

Okonomiyaki, I know it's a small market but people with vision problems, for instance having only 1 eye, can't see 3D.  I have 2 eyes but also big thick glasses and putting the 3D glasses on over your regular glasses is a pain.  I don't know if it was my local theater or wearing 2 pairs of glasses but when I saw Avatar in 3D it was very blury in places.  In other places it was clear and wonderful, but there it is.

And I guess some older theaters can't project 3D or don't have any 3D projectors.  Anyway, it's not available in 3D everywhere. 

And let's face it, if a movie isn't good enough to enjoy in plain old 2D then watching it in 3D is a waste of time.

ET was a sweet movie.  Now, why the people in the 80s went crazy for Home Alone still confuses me. 

Kara S

Wiseguy 1/3/2010 5:15:32 AM

According to DH, which is usually on the money or near it, AVATAR will hit hit 1.05billion worldwide by the end of Sunday and 350.5 mil domestically making it the 2nd fastest to that mark domestically

Cameron now looks to own the 2 biggest worldwide hits in the history of history

AVATAR is the only film ever to hit at least 50mil on 3 weekends in a row, never mind that it will be around 67mil this weekend

Cameron is no longer the King of the World, he is now the Emperor of the Universe


Qoute from some dude named Singerman blows, "Wiseguy should change his user name to Cameron Apologist. Avatar is the new Watchmen, hyped by the nerds and geeks and forgotten within a week by everyone else."

I wonder what is Singermanblows doing now

madmanic999 1/3/2010 6:26:29 AM

Soooo glad I listened to you guys and held out for IMAX.... The movie was fantastic.  It was more of an experience than a film and I can't understand why so many people are trying to find fault with it.

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