“Avatar” continued to storm the box office on Sunday, passing the one-billion-dollar mark in worldwide revenues, according to newly-released figures.
The movie, the story of an ex-Marine who finds himself thrust into hostilities on an alien planet filled with exotic life forms, has grossed 2,546.8 million dollars Worldwide, 707.8 million dollars in the United States and Canada, and 1839.0 million overseas.
All told, Avatar’s estimated admission count is 60.7 million thus far, or less than Titanic through the same point (47 days in). It’s also less than half of Titanic’s 128 million total estimated admissions. Emphasizing the impressiveness of Avatar, it took such recent blockbusters as The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Spider-Man 2, The Passion of the Christ and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith their entire runs to reach around 60 million admissions.
While Titanic still holds the crown in 20 markets, Avatar is the top-grossing movie of all time in 24 markets: China, Russia, Australia, Spain, Hong Kong, Columbia, Czech Republic, Chile, Portugal, Singapore, Ukraine, Hungary, United Arab Emirates, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Dominican Republic, Latvia, Serbia, East and West Africa, Qatar, Jordan, Jamaica and Bahrain. Avatar’s also on the verge of claiming the all time records in South Korea, Denmark, Austria and New Zealand. However, the countries that are likely out of its reach include India, Japan, Brazil, Argentina, Turkey, Belgium and Finland, and it has a long way to go in France and the United Kingdom.
Avatar’s 3D presentations have accounted for 72 percent or $1.35 billion of its total gross. Breaking that down, 3D’s domestic share is 80 percent, and its foreign share is 69 percent. That’s far and away the biggest 3D gross ever, and Avatar’s effectively most people’s first sampling of the new-fangled 3D technology.
around the globe have embraced Avatar. Its success results from the efforts of literally thousands of people, who, over the course of several years, worked to bring James Cameron’s vision of Pandora to life. The themes of protecting the environment, respecting life, and yearning for a peaceful planet have united moviegoers worldwide. We’re very proud of, and grateful to, James Cameron, his amazing and dedicated team, and all the many people at Fox, who worked so long and so hard to achieve this milestone.”
It is important to note that these are gross records, not attendance records. Ticket prices rise over time, 3D tickets carry a significant premium over 2D, and exchange rates fluctuate: for instance, a weak dollar leads to more pronounced foreign grosses. Titanic was seen by more people, but to point that out does not diminish Avatar’s accomplishment. It simply gives a more complete picture, particularly for the audience and those interested in cultural impact. The gross, though, is more important to the movie’s producers.
This weekend, Avatar will continue its run in 122 countries worldwide on approximately 17,000 screens.
All Times box office top 10 Movies:
|Rank||Title||Studio||Worldwide||Domestic / %||Overseas / %||Year^|
|3||The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King||NL||$1,119.1||$377.0||33.7%||$742.1||66.3%||2003|
|4||Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest||BV||$1,066.2||$423.3||39.7%||$642.9||60.3%||2006|
|5||The Dark Knight||WB||$1,001.9||$533.3||53.2%||$468.6||46.8%||2008|
|6||Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone||WB||$974.7||$317.6||32.6%||$657.2||67.4%||2001|
|7||Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End||BV||$961.0||$309.4||32.2%||$651.6||67.8%||2007|
|8||Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix||WB||$938.2||$292.0||31.1%||$646.2||68.9%||2007|
|9||Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince||WB||$934.0||$302.0||32.3%||$632.0||67.7%||2009|
|10||The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers||NL||$925.3||$341.8||36.9%||$583.5||63.1%||2002^|