Avatar makes box office history

Takes $1 billion in worldwide receipts...

 

We saw it. We loved it. And, by all accounts, you saw it and loved it, too.

At least, that’s what the numbers are telling us. James Cameron’s much-touted blue-skinned cinematic ‘revolution’ may not have completely reinvented the wheel like it promised.

But in just 17 days, Avatar has reeled in a staggering $1 billion in worldwide box office ker-chings.

It’s only the fifth film in the history of cinema to do so (behind The Dark Knight, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, LOTR: Return of the King and Titanic), which gives you some idea of just how much Cameron and co will be celebrating today.

Plus, not only has it reached an unbelievable monetary milestone, but Avatar has done so ridiculously quickly. Its 17 day money-grab positively laughs in the tortured face of The Dark Knight’s 33 days.

And yes, this means that Cameron now has two movies in the top five biggest earners ever. Must be doing wonders for his ego...

Looks like we can expect Avatar 2 pretty soon. Hopefully it won’t take 12 years this time.

What did you think of Avatar? Comments below...

Comments

    • PaulieC79

      Jan 4th 2010, 12:29

      I can't believe people actually thought it would bomb ...

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    • Rockadellic

      Jan 4th 2010, 14:30

      I'm not a big fan of fantasy flicks nor am I a big fan of Sci-Fi, but this one really cought me! it was beautifull. Bes animation I've seen ever. A bit too much Hollywood in the script perhaps, but hey.. they've got to make money as well! love it! -7th-

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    • darren72

      Jan 4th 2010, 14:37

      Delighted.the movie deserves it..every bit of it..all the time an hardwork payed off..one of the greatest films ive ever seen.

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    • Ali1748

      Jan 4th 2010, 15:27

      Surprised at how fast it made 1 billion.

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    • Illustratedman

      Jan 4th 2010, 15:31

      In spite of the fan juggernaut proclaiming this to be the best thing since sliced bread the story was overly long and not very original. What Mr. Cameron has achieved with developing the new technology to make this eye candy possible is certainly commendable but 12 years should have produced a better script and not one more suited to a video game.

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    • annunziato

      Jan 4th 2010, 20:48

      glad it did well as i'm a fan of jim cameron's films in general and it would have hurt the industry if it had flopped, it would have also had a negative effect on studio's taking such risks in the future so we all win. Having said all that, i thought it was average, not poor but not great. visually spectacular with the 3d but as the illustratedman has stated...story was not really original.

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