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Avatar takes in $1 billion world-wide

James Cameron’s “Avatar” is breaking box office records in its third week of release. Box Office Mojo is reporting that the film has made $1.025 billion in world-wide and is fourth place for highest grossing films ever behind “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” and “Titanic.”

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#1 Brian Powers
January/5/2010
@ 1:06 pm

I had to go see it once since it was so “from the future” but I don’t feel like I have to go see it a second time.

#2 Charles Brubaker
January/5/2010
@ 1:29 pm

I feel the same way. It’s basically a 3-hour long preach-fest with a not-so-subtle commentary on the treatment the indigenous people. The only upside is the 3D graphics, which I’ll admit was very, very well done.

I don’t think I’ll be buying the DVD (blu-ray, whatever) when it comes out.

#3 Steve Skelton
January/5/2010
@ 1:29 pm

Ah phooey. I loved it.

#4 Beth Cravens
January/5/2010
@ 3:36 pm

I’m a cheap skate. I’ll wait to rent it. Don’t want to pay extra for 3-D. Even so, if Charles says it’s preachy I’ll avoid it. I hate, hate, hate a preachy movie. Give me an awesome movie with a great story or move on down the road Titanic man.

#5 Stephen Beals
January/5/2010
@ 4:01 pm

Not all of us can see in 3-D, so I’m skipping it for now.

#6 John Read
January/5/2010
@ 6:25 pm

Stephen, theaters around here are offering Avatar in non-3D, too. Don’t know where you are, but surely a nearby cinema does the same. I saw it (and Up, for that matter) that way and thoroughly enjoyed it.

#7 Bryan Young
January/5/2010
@ 7:09 pm

Ill buy it just cause I can be a consumer whore at times. But I dont think it is going to get as much replay as much as Serenity or Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. But still. I really hope they release this movie in standard-non-3d. I freaking hate wearing glasses on top of my glasses

#8 Stephen Beals
January/5/2010
@ 8:59 pm

John, my brother is a 3-D nut and it means I’m skipping it with him. Believe me, I’ll wind up seeing it. A couple of animator friends are already bugging me about it.

#9 Jules Rivera
January/5/2010
@ 9:30 pm

I got dragged into seeing it with my husband. Not a huge fan of 3D because my eyes won’t conform to the effect as well. It’s a great movie if you just want to see 3D pretties but when it comes to actual story and character development, it’s very slow-paced and ham-handed. If you just want to see a glut of CG prettiness then go see it. Otherwise, you already HAVE seen this because it’s pretty much Dances with Wolves, Ferngully, or Princess Mononoke.

#10 Kelly McNutt
January/5/2010
@ 9:47 pm

“Otherwise, you already HAVE seen this because itâ??s pretty much Dances with Wolves, Ferngully, or Princess Mononoke.”

Funny you mention Dances with Wolves, ’cause there were points where I was really struck at how similar things felt, down to musical cues, even.

#11 Richard Cross
January/6/2010
@ 8:13 am

I wasn’t too thrilled about how the message of the movie was beat over our heads at every chance. Corporations are evil. The military is their bully, etc., etc. The story wasn’t really that unique. I agree with those above. Dances with Wolves didn’t feel so “preachy” as Avatar either.

Also, I’d rather they gauge how well a movie has done by the total number of patrons than by the dollar amount. It costs a bit more to see movies today than it did just a few years ago, so why are they touting dollar figures that are misleading? Obviously the figures are going to be skewed somewhat. Yeah, the “Billion” dollar benchmark is a milestone, but I’m curious as to how many people see a movie as compared to the inflated dollar figures they feed us. It just feels like another way to lie about the level of success a movie has ascertained.

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