So, I saw Avatar on Friday. I was thoroughly impressed by all the visuals, they lived up to the hype and then some. Was it a great movie? It depends on what you were looking for. I knew exactly what I was going to see, and I was not let down at all. If you were looking for a new type of story (As John pointed out, Dancing with Wolves) I actually saw the same story in Battle For Terra, but oh well.
With a guesstimated $400 million – $500 million dollar price tag, it looks like it is well on its way to recouping those funds.
James Cameron launched his science-fiction epic “Avatar” into a safe orbit as the costly film soared to No. 1 with $73 million domestically and $159.2 million overseas, for a $232.2 million worldwide total.
With that big a start, distributor 20th Century Fox was quick to proclaim it made a good investment with the estimated $400 million spent to make and market the film, which is Cameron’s first narrative feature since 1997’s “Titanic,” the king of modern blockbusters.
“Absolutely. No question,” said Chris Aronson, head of distribution for the studio, which reported stellar reaction in exit polls from audiences after seeing “Avatar.” “The word of mouth is something that I don’t know I’ve ever seen in this business before.”