“Avatar” Grosses $242.5 Million on Opening Weekend!

By Jimmy Rogers (@me)
Contributing Writer, [GAS]

Avatar Movie StatisticsThe title really says it all, but there are some other interesting details to share. Avatar, the big hit movie that has everyone talking, really scored big time as opening weekends go.  According to the latest numbers by 20th Century Fox, Avatar earned $77.0 million in America and $165.5 million in the rest of the world (106 countries).  This all adds up to $242.5 million across the world in its first weekend.

These numbers blow away several records, causing Fox to refer to claim Avatar’s first three days as the “highest original content (non-sequel, non-franchise) opening weekend ever.” It now hold the record for:

  • Best Ever Debut for James Cameron (the film’s director)
  • Widest Release of a 3D Film
  • Best Ever Debut of a 3D Film
  • A Record Sale of $9.5 Million in IMAX Theaters (US Domestic)
  • Very High Ratings on Several Demographic Polling Resources

For more complete (but somewhat jumbled) numbers, check out this article on Deadline Hollywood.

Personally I saw Avatar 3D the night it came out (braving heavily falling snow, I might add!) and was stunned by the quality of the 3D, the fantastic CGI, and the moving story.

Did every everybody else love it like I did?  What format did you see?  Do you think it will stand the test of time or will it turn out to be a quickly-forgotten spectacle?

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10 Responses to “Avatar” Grosses $242.5 Million on Opening Weekend!

  1. IMAX 3D all the way! How about 1st IMAX movie to NOT be so busy and overdone that you couldn’t tell what was going on? I actually could SEE everything. Transformers 2 was way better on a SMALL screen. AVATAR is amazing the bigger it is. I felt like I was ON Pandora.

    In this tough economy I plan on going to the IMAX showing at least once more with my family. It’s that good.

  2. IMAX 3D all the way! How about 1st IMAX movie to NOT be so busy and overdone that you couldn't tell what was going on? I actually could SEE everything. Transformers 2 was way better on a SMALL screen. AVATAR is amazing the bigger it is. I felt like I was ON Pandora.

    In this tough economy I plan on going to the IMAX showing at least once more with my family. It's that good.

  3. The movie rocked my socks off. The environment was rich and detailed, the 3D, Amazing, and the storyline was just perfect. I've seen some reviews online saying the story was boring and predictable, and while it may have been a bit predictable, I totally have to disagree with the "boring" part :)

  4. The movie rocked my socks off. The environment was rich and detailed, the 3D, Amazing, and the storyline was just perfect. I’ve seen some reviews online saying the story was boring and predictable, and while it may have been a bit predictable, I totally have to disagree with the “boring” part :)

  5. I think that Cameron has succeeded in making a movie as revolutionary as Lucas made with Star Wars in 1977. He does not simply raise the bar, he erects a new scale.

    Everybody knows the story, it’s largely Pocahontas. Since we all know the story, Cameron can concentrate on the telling of it. And the telling is spectacular.

  6. I think that Cameron has succeeded in making a movie as revolutionary as Lucas made with Star Wars in 1977. He does not simply raise the bar, he erects a new scale.

    Everybody knows the story, it's largely Pocahontas. Since we all know the story, Cameron can concentrate on the telling of it. And the telling is spectacular.

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