Mit Add On!
The newest animated feature is now in release, and Rupert's battalions are holding their collective breath and crossing their fingers.
... [M]idnight screenings of “Avatar” ... sold about $3.5 million in tickets at theaters in the United States and Canada, said 20th Century Fox...
And the Nikkster weighs in with her up-to-the minute analysis.
... Hollywood has refined its original unfocused $60M-$75M prediction upwards to $85 million for the 3-day domestic weekend -- better than the all-time December opening of I Am Legend at $77,211,321 but only because of Avatar's 3D ticket price premium ...
Avatar is huge in Australia with $4.8 million from Thursday and Friday combined, and running double what 2012 which did not have a 3D premium did there, or $2.3 million. (By contrast, New Moon opened to $7.8M.) In Germany, Avatar debuted to $1.7 million, compared to 2012's $1.4M. (New Moon did $2.2M.) In Korea, Avatar opened to $1.4, behind 2012's $1.9M. (New Moon made only $800K.) But in the UK, opening day was hit by snow so grosses are running behind ...
I don't think there's much question that Cameron's Big Blue movie will break records on its opening weekend. The question is, how will the feature sustain week to week? (Titanic opened at a good not great $25 million, but then week after week didn't drop.) I won't venture a guess if Avatar holds up anywhere near as well as the big steamship.
And the Blue People collect a nice chunk of change on Day Uno:
... "Avatar" drew a strong $27 million in its first day at the box office from 3,452 theaters. ... Among all opening days which are Fridays in December, "Avatar" ranks behind Will Smith’s 2007 sci-fi tentpole "I Am Legend" which grossed $30.1 million.
Add On: The L.A. Times brings us the happy news that Avatar, when all the quarters and dollar bills were counted, did better than forecast on its first weekend:
A stronger-than-expected Sunday boosted the weekend box-office total for "Avatar" by $10.3 million, a sign of strong momentum going into the holidays.
The James Cameron-directed 3-D adventure ended up selling $77 million of tickets in the U.S. and Canada
So there, unbelievers!