Avatar Hits $2 Billion, Oscar Competition Gets Stronger

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 1st, 2010 at 4:02 pm,

avatar box office numbers Avatar Hits $2 Billion, Oscar Competition Gets Stronger

Sick of Avatar or its week-after-week success and record-breaking numbers? Well, many moviegoers certainly aren’t as Avatar was again #1 at the box office this weekend, destroying Mel Gibson’s return to glory. Avatar’s estimated $30 million domestic draw over the weekend makes it number one for the seventh weekend in a row (7th!) and it also marks the largest 7th weekend for any movie ever.

Last weekend Avatar became the top grossing film of all time, finally passing Cameron’s other film in the Titanic and if that wasn’t enough, this weekend it passed the $2 billion mark, surpassing every expectation imaginable and further hammering down the predictions of those who doubted it could succeed.

This sure makes the Oscar race more interesting this year as James Cameron and Avatar won big at the Golden Globes but over the weekend, his ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow took the DGA award for best picture for The Hurt Locker. Comparing numbers, The Hurt Locker only drew in $16 million world wide. That means Avatar has made more than 125x that of its competitor.

It’s too bad The Hurt Locker didn’t get more credit or hype while it was out. I loved the movie and I expect that if it puts up a show at the Oscars after being ignored at the Globes, it may get a re-release and some more viewers.

What do you think about Avatar’s numbers and where do you think it’ll be in terms of worldwide gross when it finishes its run?

There’s surely more to come when Avatar hits home video.

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TAGS: avatar, avatar 2, the hurt locker, titanic

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  1. A girl I know told me that the only peoples, who go to see Avatar, are magic cards players. From that I can deduct that over 75% of the world population actually play magic cards.

  2. What is the record for the number of consecutive weeks at #1 in the US box office.

  3. Lol it took 10 years for another movie to break Titanic record and who did it come from? No other than the man himself who made Titanic!

  4. MOST WEEKENDS AT #1 E.T. 16 weeks
    MOST WEEKENDS AT #1 – CONSECUTIVE Titanic 15 weeks

  5. I'm not quite sure why she would say that.
    Had she been talking about fans of Lord of the Rings, I might understand. Or some other “fantasy” based film. But Avatar is pretty much your basic, straight-up, sci-fi action flick. Not much in common with those card games. Besides, I've never touched any of those card games. So there goes the “only” apart of that statement.

  6. Is there really a need for more Avatar articles? This is the fifth one you've written since January 5th, and most of those dealt with the financial success. And in each you've included a line like “I cannot imagine the thoughts of those who thought this movie would fail are thinking now.”

  7. Before all the Avatar Oscar talk,
    I thought The Hurt Locker was considered The Front Runner .
    Glad to see it still has a shot .
    Pity The Oscar Buzz for Up in The Air has cooled a bit .
    I Liked that one a lot too.

  8. I shouldn't have to explain this, but a movie surpassing a billion dollars, a movie becoming number one all-time at the box office, and a movie passing $2 billion are extremely significant accomplishments and are definitely newsworthy.

    I cannot imagine the thoughts of those who doubted this movie when Avatar hits 2.2 billion… and more! :|

  9. Don't worry Rob, with The Hurt Locker on DVD a lot of people are discovering it. A friend of mine rented the move and he loved it! BTW, Avatar will stop at around the $650 million mark in the US and make $2.75 billion worldwide.

  10. If left out there long enough i think it could make the 3 billion mark…

  11. wow i can not belive it hit 2 billion didnt think it was that great

  12. To the Samuel Goldwyn theatre at the crack of dawn, where Anne Hathaway and Academy president Tom Sherak read out this year's Oscar nominations . http://www.gucciwell.com Our hosts roll up with minimum fanfare and then retreat in haste,

  13. No offense or anything guys… I love the site of course, but… What is this? A story about how amazing “Avatar” is? Also, how do these box office sales increase it's chance of winning an Oscar?? Box office does not equal a good movie, nor does it equal an Oscar.

  14. Like I've said before… Box office has nothing to do with a movie being good. This is just a massive CGI-fest in attempt to cover the thin plot and average acting. James Cameron is only a couple steps above Michael Bay and Roland Emerich, simply because his CGI is a little better and he knows how to market his stuff. That's why it's making so much money, because he has people fooled into thinking this is something that it's not.

  15. Avatar has made too much money. Not because it was good. But because it has now become a thing to do. Go and watch Avatar because everyone else has and if you havent, you are not cool. Same w/ the dark knight. Ask people why they like avatar so much and listen to the response they give you. People are Fake.

  16. Agree w/ u there Bayformers made 750 million and the movie was well… ya

  17. Who said that?

    I said the competition is strong with several movies coming in with good results on the awards circuit.

    Re-read the post.

  18. That's called good marketing and you're upset. However if this movie made nothing, you may also be upset.

    No win, I guess. Now movies make too much money? Heaven forbid a movie like Iron Man makes “too much money”

  19. agreed! The storyline itself, completely secondary to the visual feast you are presented with. Let's face it, James Cameron is a vanguard visually speaking. You have to admit, you haven't seen anything like the world he created in Avatar. The story, meh….

    Secondly, Winning an Oscar, though, doesn't mean brilliance. A lot of the time it's based on whether or not the members of the Academy (past winners) have even seen the films! They get sent a bunch of DVDs of all the nominees and then vote! If you don't have time to watch, you just vote for the ones you did watch or the most hyped, exposure, the biggest marketing machine, etc…. Also, who are the ones on the submissions panel? Who are the people selecting the nominees? Industry folks! It's about money at the end of the day, let's not forget. Not to sound cynical, but sorry, that's how they roll in Hollywood. That's how the world turns! This is not to say that past winners are undeserving and, therefore, their wins are meaningless. Not at all! It's the industry honoring the industry. Very self-indulgent but good for them.

    Anyway, back to Avatar, as a visual work of art, absolutely stunning, no doubt about it. I also can appreciate what they have done technically. It is a huge achievement in the technological advancement of film making. How many of you sat there convinced that it wasn't CG, even though you knew it was!. I sat there watching their faces and couldn't believe they were not actors in full body make-up?

    Either way, I was entertained and good for Cameron for making a film is making an obscene amount of money – he sure spent enough time making it!

  20. Who said that?

    I said the competition is strong with several movies coming in with good results on the awards circuit.

    Re-read the post.

  21. That's called good marketing and you're upset. However if this movie made nothing, you may also be upset.

    No win, I guess. Now movies make too much money? Heaven forbid a movie like Iron Man makes “too much money”

  22. agreed! The storyline itself, completely secondary to the visual feast you are presented with. Let's face it, James Cameron is a vanguard visually speaking. You have to admit, you haven't seen anything like the world he created in Avatar. The story, meh….

    Secondly, Winning an Oscar, though, doesn't mean brilliance. A lot of the time it's based on whether or not the members of the Academy (past winners) have even seen the films! They get sent a bunch of DVDs of all the nominees and then vote! If you don't have time to watch, you just vote for the ones you did watch or the most hyped, exposure, the biggest marketing machine, etc…. Also, who are the ones on the submissions panel? Who are the people selecting the nominees? Industry folks! It's about money at the end of the day, let's not forget. Not to sound cynical, but sorry, that's how they roll in Hollywood. That's how the world turns! This is not to say that past winners are undeserving and, therefore, their wins are meaningless. Not at all! It's the industry honoring the industry. Very self-indulgent but good for them.

    Anyway, back to Avatar, as a visual work of art, absolutely stunning, no doubt about it. I also can appreciate what they have done technically. It is a huge achievement in the technological advancement of film making. How many of you sat there convinced that it wasn't CG, even though you knew it was!. I sat there watching their faces and couldn't believe they were not actors in full body make-up?

    Either way, I was entertained and good for Cameron for making a film is making an obscene amount of money – he sure spent enough time making it!

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