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Avatar surpasses Titanic as top grossing film

Animated news reports that last weekend Avatar has surpassed Titanic as the highest grossing movie of all time. It has taken in $601 million to Titanic’s $600 million in domestic receipts. Titanic is still #1 when adjusted for inflation, but Avatar’s forecasted take-in is between $650 million to $700 million. When including Worldwide sales, the movie has brought in over $2 billion.

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#1 Charles Brubaker
February/4/2010
@ 4:30 pm

Does the film really count as animation, though? Most of the “animation” seen were really motion-captured, and even if it had animators rendering the captures frame by frame, the fact is the actors defined the movements.

#2 Tom Wood
February/4/2010
@ 5:43 pm

Many current actors are storing digital performances of themselves in anticipation of the day when their digital self can be used in future movies. It may also become possible to resurrect any actor from any time period by creating a digital model from existing images. Will that be considered animation or live action?

#3 Charles Brubaker
February/4/2010
@ 6:03 pm

“It may also become possible to resurrect any actor from any time period by creating a digital model from existing images. Will that be considered animation or live action?”

Well, it does involve some type of re-animation.

#4 Tom Wood
February/4/2010
@ 6:10 pm

Digital zombies!

At least they don’t smell bad…

#5 John Read
February/4/2010
@ 9:11 pm

“Many current actors are storing digital performances of themselves in anticipation of the day when their digital self can be used in future movies.” Tom, is that hearsay or something you’ve read about somewhere? I’d be interested in knowing more about actors storing performances of themselves.

#6 Shane Davis
February/4/2010
@ 9:57 pm

Storing digital performances? I assume that’s for storing only GOOD performance.

Kevin Costner’s will probably be put on a 3 1/2 floppy…

#7 Mike Cope
February/4/2010
@ 9:59 pm

If it’s true, we’re bordering on creepiness. It was one thing to watch Heath Ledger as the Joker … It’ll be another to see a deceased actor/actress in a new movie long after they are gone.

#8 Charles Brubaker
February/4/2010
@ 10:26 pm

Well, it was done with Orville Redenbacher…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fcn4p213Zg8

(that Orville is computer-generated and was made in 2007, more than 10 years after he died)

#9 Dave Stephens
February/5/2010
@ 3:04 am

Awesome movie, but the anatomy of the aliens was horribly stiff. Their torsos especially were mannequin like and I don’t understand with the budget this movie commanded why they didn’t do a better job on that aspect. Very entertaining, though, and I loved the plants and animals. Can’t wait to see what they’ll come up with next!

#10 Tom Wood
February/5/2010
@ 1:10 pm

â??Many current actors are storing digital performances of themselves in anticipation of the day when their digital self can be used in future movies.â? Tom, is that hearsay or something youâ??ve read about somewhere? Iâ??d be interested in knowing more about actors storing performances of themselves.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_actor

That’s just a quick search result, tangentially related, but I’ve read about it elsewhere. Search on ‘digitized actors’ also.

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