“Avatar” Overtakes “Dark Knight”

I haven’t seen “Avatar” yet, but I’m working on seeing it this weekend. I’ve heard a lot of amazing things about it and how you need to see it at least in 3D and I’m hoping Melissa and I get a chance to watch it this weekend and be apart of the phenomenon.

Anyway, this interested me, it involved “The Dark Knight” which I followed for most of its run last year, from Darkhorizons.com:

“Avatar” Overtakes “The Dark Knight”

By Garth Franklin Sunday January 3rd 2010 10:21PM
"Avatar" Overtakes "The Dark Knight"After just 17 days, James Cameron’s “Avatar” has crossed $1 billion at the global box office and moving ahead of last year’s juggernaut “The Dark Knight” which was the previous #4.

In fact if numbers continue along estimates, the film is expected to pass “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” to become second-biggest worldwide release of all time behind only Cameron’s “Titanic”.

How big is this phenomenon? Domestically Cameron’s film took in $68.3 million in its third weekend, easily beating the previous record of a third weekend gross of $45 million garnered by “Spider-Man 3”.

At the U.S. box-office it has made $352 million so far, the second-largest grossing film of 2009. It’s expected to pass the $402 million that “Transformers Revenge of the Fallen” earned by the weekend – achieving in three weeks what took ‘Fallen’ nearly four months to achieve.

Outside the US the film also currently sits at #2 for 2009 with $667 million, just behind “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” with $691 million which “Avatar” will overtake in the next day or two.

When I told Melissa about this she said, “That James…” to which I laughed really hard…but guess you had to be there.

–Cos

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