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'Avatar' Officially Overtakes 'Titanic' For Global Box Office Record

submitted on January 27, 2010 by bigger915 in "Member's Lounge"
It's official - "Avatar" is the new king of the world... or at least, the worldwide box office.

On Monday, the James Cameron-directed film passed Cameron's own "Titanic" as the highest grossing film of all-time, taking in $1.859 billion globally - after only 37 days in theaters.


http://movies.yahoo.com/news/u.....85-billion
     

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  • 50553
    orangearrows
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    Posted by orangearrows on January 27, 2010
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    Domestic: $558,179,737 30.0%
    + Foreign: $1,303,580,507 70.0%
    = Worldwide: $1,861,760,244

    $50 million more and it will be biggest grossing for US too
  • 50560
    deathbynosleep
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    Posted by deathbynosleep on January 27, 2010
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    Does this account for inflation? I'm sure movies are more than twice the cost when titanic came out.
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    • mcgirl4
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      Posted by mcgirl4 on January 27, 2010
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      I heard they haven't taken that into account yet..... which seems really unfair. But none the less both James Cameron films right?
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    • HouTex
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      Posted by HouTex on January 27, 2010
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      Yes, they are both his films. So James Cameron is breaking his own record. And, of course, the run is not over yet for Avatar. The numbers will continue to rise for quite a while yet!
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    • orangearrows
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      Posted by orangearrows on January 28, 2010
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      Well it does not take into account the inflation factor but.....the movies coming out now are competing with other forms of entertainment too. People have a choice of NETFLIX, Streaming movies etc. Back in 1998 the choice were probably less and people went to movies more.

      But again the ticket prices now are higher and with economic recession ( or whatever you may want to call it) more families are going to the movies.

      Like Houtex mentioned it's still got some more steam .....estimates predict it to reach atleast 2.2 billion worldwide. That will be the box office ....then comes DVD release ....and they make more money ( well that's not accounted into the box office total though) .....and with the advent of 3D TVs .....I am sure there will be another re-launch of Avatar (DVD) when that tech (3D) become popular.
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    • JackBauer
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      Posted by JackBauer on January 28, 2010
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      I am fairly certain, they account for inflation. Every report I hear always mentions that. That is why Star Wars is still on that list, though it came out in 1977.

      One report that I had heard did state that even though Titanic and Avatar made more money, Star Wars sold more tickets.
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    steve_05
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    Posted by steve_05 on January 27, 2010
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    Is this even a good movie?
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    • deathbynosleep
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      Posted by deathbynosleep on January 27, 2010
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      I haven't seen it, and do not plan on it. I'm not big on sci fi movies.
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    • Solstice
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      Posted by Solstice on January 27, 2010
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      I enjoyed it personally. I found the storyline to be a little predictable, but the excellent dialog, visuals, and characters, made up for any loss on that point. I have no doubt its one of those films better seen in the theater if one can afford it.

      Note: I saw the regular version, and did not see it in 3-D.
  • 50605
    honesta
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    Posted by honesta on January 27, 2010
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    It's an awesome movie.The 2 hours & 40 mins will breeze by
  • 50732
    phunkeey
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    Posted by phunkeey on January 28, 2010
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    After inflation Star Wars and Gone with the Wind are still the champs:

    http://boxofficemojo.com/alltime/adjusted.htm
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    • orangearrows
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      Posted by orangearrows on January 28, 2010
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      When Star wars and gone with the wind were playing , forms of entertainment were limited. Movies nowadays have more competition.
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    • mcgirl4
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      Posted by mcgirl4 on January 28, 2010
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      Good point. Seems like there could be way too many factors for any movie discussion on this topid to ever have a real "winner" huh?
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    • orangearrows
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      Posted by orangearrows on January 28, 2010
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      True. They have been breakthrough's in their own respects. Nowadays there is more reach for marketing through the web and other means. So people worldwide are more excited and more aware about Hollywood movies in general.

      Also more spending power in other countries ( due to a global economy) gives more spending power to people in other countries. Tickets sometimes cost as much as $25-$30 for IMAX shows( in other countries) if you convert to US $$. So there is another reason for more revenue.

      It's not as straightforward as it might seem.

      But again, Avatar is definitely doing to set a few industry standard in terms of movie-making and with people's expectations being higher, there are going to be many more 3D features.
  • 50734
    mcgirl4
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    Posted by mcgirl4 on January 28, 2010
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    http://movies.yahoo.com/featur.....-king.html

    Saw this article too.

    "But adjusting for ticket price for inflation, Avatar ranks as the 26th highest grossing film in the U.S., according to Box Office Mojo. "

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