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Avatar Loses Top Spot to Dear John

Avatar - the movieAvatar has finally been knocked off the top spot in the North American box office chat after seven weeks at number one. The epic Sci-Fi movie was surprisingly brushed aside by a romantic drama movie, Dear John, based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks.The spectacular Sci-Fi movie became the fastest movie to ever achieve $1bn (£625.6m) in ticket sales around the world and dominated the UK and US cinemas thus on its way to becoming the most successful film of all time at the international box office. The movie takes over from Titanic ($1.8; £1.1bn), also directed by James Cameron, with receipts of $1.859bn (£1.15bn) in just six weeks.

Avatar, a predominantly computer-generated Sci-Fi saga about a disabled marine who infiltrates a race of giant blue aliens and eventually help defend their moon against human invaders, combines live action with digitally-enhanced performances and state-of-the-art visual effects in a 3D film. Although previous movies that used 3D technology such as Monsters Vs Aliens did not enjoy similar high ratings, the success of Avatar seems to have revived interest in the 3D format.

According to entertainment analyst Nielsen EDI, standard “2D” screenings represent just 15% of Avatar’s UK takings in contrast to 85% derived from 3D or IMAX 3D screenings. Such data is encouraging news for forthcoming 3D titles like Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, Toy Story 3 and Tron: Legacy and could be a catalyst for the release of more high-profile titles in coming months.

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16 Comments

  1. Well, It has stayed for like 9 weeks now. James Cameron is truly a master filmmaker. I’m pretty excited with the new 3d films. Avatar was the 1st movie I saw in 3D and it really is an amazing experience 😀

  2. Well, they were all wrong and I hope they are honest enough to admit that. OK, maybe the love story wasn’t really original, but it worked. However, if the story doesn’t work for you, everything else will make up for it. When you watch the movie in 3D it becomes a transcendent and amazing experience that’s the closest you will ever come to setting foot on a strange new world. The length of the movie is 2 hours and 41 minutes, but it looked a lot shorter. I wanted more. I just didn’t want it to stop. It was that good.

  3. Am I the only one who thinks that 3D is no big deal? I mean, to me it seems like it’s just something that industry manufacturers are all trying to make us think that we HAVE to have. Now they’re even making “3D” capable television sets! I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to have to wear a special set of glasses to watch TV. Flat two-dimensional television (and movies for that matter) are just fine with me.

  4. Now they’re even making “3D” capable television sets! I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to have to wear a special set of glasses to watch TV.

  5. I went to see it twice. Second time at the Imax. It was without a doubt the most immersive movie experience I’ve ever had. Yeah the plot was a bit cliched. But the visuals were mind blowing.

  6. I both like the two movies and it does not matter who is on the top list. The two movies made their best to provide the viewers with excitement and fun. In fact, the both have nice and meaningful stories to share.

  7. Best thing about Avatar: it’s one of those few movies that’s enjoyable for kids and parents. Highly recommended for DVD as you’ll get great mileage for it!

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