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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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  2. Get Rid Of Clutter

    February 11, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    I loved Avatar. Up there in my top 5 best movies of all time, awesome.

  3. CouponWebz

    February 17, 2010 at 7:32 am

    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 😀

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  5. stop panic attacks

    March 15, 2010 at 3:56 am

    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.

  6. Mobil Abonnement

    May 6, 2010 at 1:28 am

    I can’t believe it. Dear John is so bad and nowhere near the quality of Avatar. Avatar is by far the best movie I have ever seen..- Ray

  7. Alessio

    June 8, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    In my opinion Avatar is very overrated

  8. instant immersion

    November 8, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    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.

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    December 11, 2010 at 2:07 am

    I totally agree with ya about 3D and to be honest the technology does not seem to be much better then it was 15 years ago, I much rather watch movies in the traditional 2 dimensions.

  11. Amy

    December 11, 2010 at 8:20 am

    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.

  12. Coffee machines

    January 13, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    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.

  13. DiscOutlet

    February 6, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    I Loved Avatar. One of my favorite movies of all time.

  14. Alena Markus

    April 20, 2011 at 6:05 am

    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.

  15. Andre

    June 6, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    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!

  16. Marc Rasmussen

    August 4, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Dear John was a good film. I think around 80% of the film’s audience were women. Now that’s interesting.

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