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Box Office Breakdown: Avatar Just Hours Away from Worldwide Record

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Are we there yet?

Despite six weeks of chart-topping numbers, still hasn’t brought down the Titanic. Yes - the movie did finally surpass The Dark Knight on the domestic charts. And yes - the 20th Century Fox feature is now the top international earner at $1.29 billion. But James Cameron’s earlier blockbuster is still slightly ahead - by approximately $2 million - as far as worldwide receipts are concerned. (Monday’s ticket sales should change that for Avatar.) The 3D-adventure is also approximately $49.1 million shy of becoming the domestic king of the world.

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Box Office Breakdown: Avatar Makes It a Five-Peat

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The has slowly started to take on water.

Over the holiday weekend, added another $54.6 million to its domestic total ($505 million), bringing it that much closer to The Dark Knight‘s second-place spot. The Golden Globe-winning film, which now stands at approximately $1.6 billion internationally ($200 million shy of Titanic), also became the first film since The Sixth Sense to win five straight weeks in a row.

Meanwhile, - starring Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman - put up good numbers despite finishing in second place. Allen and Albert Hughes’ first movie since 2001’s From Hell raked in an impressive $38.4 million, giving Washington his second best debut ever. (American Gangster took in $43.6 million in 2007.) The receipts also made the film Warner Bros.’ best January opener to date.

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Quote of the Day: James Cameron on His Cheesy Titanic Oscars Speech

James Cameron winning his Titanic Oscar

“After jumping up and making a fool of myself with my acceptance speech [for Titanic], I’m sure nobody wants to see me at the Academy Awards again… Or maybe they want me to win again to see if I can make an even bigger fool of myself.”

-Avatar‘s explaining why his Oscars presence could make people cringe.

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Box Office Breakdown: Avatar Leaps Further Up the Charts

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Hear that sound? That’s knocking on Titanic‘s door.

Over the past three days, Fox’s sci-fi blockbuster padded another $50.3 million to its total, officially making it the top entry of 2009. (Sorry, !) The movie now stands directly behind Jim Cameron’s other film on the international charts ($1.34 billion compared to $1.84 billion) and is ranked 7th on the domestic charts. (The Dark Knight sits on that list at #2 with $533,345,358.)

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Box Office Breakdown: Avatar Dominating the Globe

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An absence of new movies meant very little change for the overall box office standings. A lack of competition, though, meant lots of movement for .

Over the weekend, the sci-fi extravaganza packed an additional $68.5 million to its already-impressive domestic total. The figure - a record for any entry in its third week - brought the film that much closer to becoming one of the top domestic grossers ever. Avatar ($352.1 million) is now only days away from passing 10th place finisher Star Wars: Episode III—Revenge of the Sith ($380.3 million).

Internationally, is just a few rungs away from one of his other films. In just 17 days, the 20th Century Fox release has pulled in approximately $1.02 billion. That places Avatar behind only Titanic ($1.84 billion), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King ($1.12 billion) and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest ($1.07 billion).

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Box Office Breakdown: Sherlock, Avatar Both Winners

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A collection of wide releases contributed to the biggest weekend for movies in box office history.

Over the past three days, theatergoers shelled out over $275 million—a good portion of that going to . Despite slightly disappointing results last week, an improvement in weather - and strong word of mouth - helped the sci-fi flick pack on another $75.2 million to its $212 million domestic total.

Meanwhile, debuted in second place with first place-like numbers. The Guy Ritchie directed-film started its run with a record breaking haul on Christmas Day, only to fall behind the sci-fi entry. But Warner Bros. really has nothing to complain about. Holmes still closed the weekend with $62.4 million in ticket sales.

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James Cameron Discusses Avatar Sequels

James Cameron on Avatar set

plans to make two further instalments to the Avatar franchise.

The award-winning filmmaker - who has just released his first movie in 12 years - plans to turn the alien love story into a trilogy, but hasn’t developed the screenplays yet. “I have a trilogy-scaled arc of story right now, but I haven’t really put any serious work into writing a script,” Cameron said.

James said he hopes the next two films will take a little less time to make, however, because was in production for four years.

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James Cameron’s Avatar Excitement

James Cameron on the set of Avatar was like a “kid in a candy store” on the set of Avatar.

Actress - who stars as Dr Grace Augustine in the new 3-D animated blockbuster - said watching the director helm his first movie in 12 years since the epic Titanic was incredibly rewarding.

“He invented the cameras, he was using the cameras. He was shooting his characters in the flora and fauna he created with the creatures that he created. He was having a great time, and so were we. To see him on the set of Avatar was like watching a kid in a candy store.”

James - who spent four years producing the movie - used revolutionary CGI techniques that required the actors to work wearing a camera fitted to a helmet, which picked up their facial expressions. The 60-year-old Hollywood star said the director managed to create a “magic” on set.

“When we were in our little suits with our ears and tails we could see what we looked like in Jim’s magic camera - I don’t know what he calls it, I call it the magic camera - so we were free just to be with each other as actors, as characters and Jim’s focus was completely on us.”


Box Office Breakdown: Avatar Stifled by Blizzard

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How big could ‘s debut really been? Thanks to a blizzard, we may never know. James Cameron’s first feature in 12 years pulled in approximately $77 million this weekend, enough to win first place but slightly lower than expectations. The movie, which was produced for around $310 million, never reached its full potential due to weather conditions on the East Coast.

As it was, the movie came in behind 2007’s I Am Legend for the best December opener ever. (The Will Smith film debuted to $77.2 million.) The 3D entry also ranked sixth - behind Star Trek, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and New Moon - for domestic debuts this year.

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Remake News: Fantastic Voyage, Harvey and More


Fantastic Voyage: James Cameron will serve as producer, not director, in the remake of Fantastic Voyage, a 1960s science fiction film. The story, about a group of colleagues who miniaturize themselves and their submarine to save a dying scientist from the inside, will incorporate technology used on Avatar. Shane Salerno (Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem) will handle the script.

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