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Avatar Takes the No. 1 Spot at This Weekend's Box Office

Box Office: Avatar Blows Away the Competition

Avatar ran away with this weekend's box office, bringing in $73 million in theaters. It's a large number, but not quite as big as anticipated — a letdown that many are blaming on the East Coast blizzard, which caused a significant drop in sales figures from Friday to Saturday. Still, the film brought in $232.2 million worldwide, which means that James Cameron is well on his way to making back that $500 million price tag for the film.

Following far behind at No. 2 was last week's champ, The Princess and the Frog, with $12.2 million. Third place finisher The Blind Side continued to hold strong in its fifth week in theaters with $10 million, while Did You Hear About the Morgans? debuted with a disappointing $7 million. Rounding out the top five was The Twilight Saga: New Moon with $4.3 million.

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ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
i knew that there were going to be 'sour grapes' because the numbers weren't as high as expected because of the weather situation that we had here. i went to see it anyway (braved the snow and all that) and it was really really good. there's something to be said about 3D technology and i think that everything that cameron did was really good.
suziryder suziryder 7 years
My husband and I saw this in IMAX 3D on Friday. I wasn't really excited to see it, but I did enjoy it. The plot was very predictable, no surprises there. The dialog wasn't all that creative or engaging either.. without the special effects, this movie really wouldn't be anything special. But boy, those are some special effects. I'd definitely recommend seeing it Imax 3D, we were fully immersed in that beautiful world and I didn't have any problems with headaches like I thought I might (okay, I had kind of a dull headache throughout and sometimes I felt slightly nauseous when the camera moved too fast, but no exploding migraines like I expected - this was my first experience watching a 2 1/2 hour 3D movie.) Anyway, it was a bit long, and the characters were one-dimensional. The lackluster story, characters, and dialog contrasted pretty sharply with the astonishing visuals, and that's a shame. But overall I was engaged and enjoyed it, and my husband and I left the theater excitedly talking about what we had just experienced.
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 7 years
Definitely got the Dances with Wolves meets Ferngully: The Last Rainforest vibe from the plotline, but the effects were incredible in IMAX 3D. That's the only way to see this movie.
elizabethsosewn elizabethsosewn 7 years
SanDiegoLove I wholly agree. It was beautiful and the plot wasn't too complicated but was still totally engaging. It made me wish I was a blue amazon person who could REALLY connect with nature the way they do. And i didn't make the furn gully connection till I read your comment but WOW. you are right! I also love that still. It just ephamsizes how well they did the movie. it looks SO REAL. the whole time.
SanDiegoLove SanDiegoLove 7 years
I saw it in IMAX 3D on Friday and loved it! I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the film...I was really only interested because I'm a special effects critic, and I wasn't disappointed. The story was definitely predictable but this isn't the kind of movie you see for the plot. It reminded me of Fern Gully, and brought me back to the days when I wished to be a tiny pixie living in a incandescent rainforest.
Briandiesel Briandiesel 7 years
Was going to see it Friday night. The theater we went to cancelled the showing we were going to because they hadn't received the correct film?! (was a 9:20 movie, so there was only 1 more showing at 10:30.) So then we went Saturday to see it and it was incredible! I am going to see it again on Thursday in iMax. :) Seriously, loved it.
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