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'Avatar' opens new dimension for profits with $745m box office record
Director James Cameron on course to break the $1bn barrier for the second time
by Mark Hughes and Charlotte Browne

At first glance it appears to have the makings more of a low-budget sci-fi flick than of a box-office blockbuster. But Avatar, a film about a mythical planet inhabited by huge blue aliens, is set to become one of the the most successful movies of all time.

In less than two weeks, the ground-breaking 3D film has grossed $745m (£460m) and is already expected to be the most successful movie of 2009-10, overtaking even the latest Harry Potter film. And on New Year's Eve it was given the presidential seal of approval when the Obama family ventured into a shopping mall in Hawaii to watch the movie.

Should it continue its money-making progress at its current rate, the film could become just the fifth in history to gross more than $1bn. The biggest money-spinning movie of all time is Titanic, which made $1.8bn.

Breaking the $1bn barrier would be a particularly remarkable achievement for James Cameron, Avatar's director, seeing as he also directed Titanic. He would be the first film director to gross $1bn twice.
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He did it.

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Yeah Avatar should easily surpass Titanic at this rate.

Out of everyone I've heard say something about the movie who
has seen it, there hasn't been a single negative thing. People
are blown away by this movie for some reason.. don't get me wrong
the 3d is beautiful, however while I was watching it something
felt slightly lacking.

The next day I realized Avatar is almost exactly the same story
as Fern Gully the Last Rain forest... and a quick Google search
verified I am not the only one who thinks so.

Who knows if it's true or not, but I think Avatar is an
incredible movie, however it get's 0 points for originality
in my books. -Which in a way is a catch 22 because
it's lack of originality is EXACTLY why the movie will
do well. It's the same old story we've been given time
and time again with a new wrapping... people are so dull.

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Avatar is also the same story as disney's Pocahontas and a lot of other similar tales.
It's a great classic story with the special twist unique to each story teller.
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I like to think of it as Dances with Wolves, in space.

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Wow! I'm impressed!

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I can't wait to watch this movie. Hopefully I'll be watching it this week.

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TheLoneWanderingSoul wrote:I can't wait to watch this movie. Hopefully I'll be watching it this week.
Yeah, you should definitely try to catch it. I've already seen it twice and I'm going back for a third time next week.

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dreamingawake wrote:The next day I realized Avatar is almost exactly the same story
as Fern Gully the Last Rain forest... and a quick Google search
verified I am not the only one who thinks so.

Yeah, you aren't the first person to jump to that conclusion, as there have been parodies since well before the movie was released. What is sad, is that people can't seem to grasp that this and many other movies have borrowed from a true story in American history. That is the one of the real life Pocahontas and Cpt. John Smith. Am I the only one who noticed that Jake Sully's initials are also JS, as in John Smith? Just watch the amazing, and most factual Pocahontas movie out there. Its called The New World. Its literally 85% the same story as Avatar, if not more, but un-sci-fi-ed. Nobody has exclusive rights to those themes, nor should they. The fictional Dances With Wolves is for the most part, an idealized twist on this story. The Last Samurai with Tom Cruise even had nearly the same story line. So what?

I guess you didn't also notice the bits of Lawerence of Arabia, Dune, and Apocolipse Now in there, did you?

I mean sheesh, lets look at Galaxy Quest, which basically had the same plot as A Bug's Life, which had the same plot as Three Amigos, which had some of the same plot as the Magnificent 7, which had the same plot as The Seven Samurai. Again, so what? I actaully really like every single one of these movies.

Speaking of Seven Samurai, Akira Kurosawa's other film, The Hidden Fortress was adapted as a little flick called Star Wars.
dreamingawake wrote:Who knows if it's true or not, but I think Avatar is an
incredible movie, however it get's 0 points for originality
in my books. -Which in a way is a catch 22 because
it's lack of originality is EXACTLY why the movie will
do well. It's the same old story we've been given time
and time again with a new wrapping... people are so dull.
The movie is doing well because people are dull? Whatever. I guess I must be dull for loving this film. "Dull" people all over the world didn't care about Star Wars adapting a theme in 1977, and many still don't. Its called inspiration, and Lucas seems to be tapped dry of it any more. IMO, these are classic themes. This is not unlike how tales used to be passed down and changed along the way. Anyway, you will find much more enjoyment in life if you don't cary around baggage like that. Both inspiration and imitation happens in every form of art. James Cameron never once denied where his influences came from for Avatar. In fact, he speaks very openly about that.

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I've noticed that almost everyone I work with has seen it twice or more despite initially disliking the trailers. This can only mean good things for its theatrical staying power. Part of its success is that most people don't expect to be able to get the same experience at home, so they see it multiple times.

Its amazing how much money has already been made from re-introducing 3d as the newest thing. It is true, though, that the current technology push has the potential to bring 3d to the forefront, allowing market forces to spur some amazing advances. I'm especially looking forward to multi-angle auto-stereoscopic displays that don't suck :!: We'll have to say goodbye to BlueRay, though, if we want 9 or more viewing angles in full HD. Maybe some type of flash storage or ultra-fast internet. But it seems I'm rambling. Keeping standards from overwhelming consumers is going to delay or prevent some cool tech from being marketable. Too bad.

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jumbo_spaceman wrote:It is true, though, that the current technology push has the potential to bring 3d to the forefront, allowing market forces to spur some amazing advances. I'm especially looking forward to multi-angle auto-stereoscopic displays that don't suck :!: We'll have to say goodbye to BlueRay, though, if we want 9 or more viewing angles in full HD. Maybe some type of flash storage or ultra-fast internet.
I think that Halographic Data Storage may be the answer.
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