Pretty sure none of us here ever said that Avatar would tank at the box office, but did we think it’d make a billion dollars in just a few days? I sure didn’t! (To be fair, I never really gave the topic much thought.) But yes, wipe the look of shock off your face as it’s now revealed that the James Cameron film made $1.02 billion in three weeks. That includes international receipts, too. That’s a nice chunk of change.
As it stands, the movie is well on track to become the second highest grossing film of all time. (Presumably this list doesn’t take inflation into account.) Given the positive word-of-mouth reaction, and with the Twitter echo-chamber having given the film its blessing, it’s probably going to hover around the top of the weekly money charts for a little while yet. That’s unlike the typical popcorn movie that has a big opening weekend then falls off the face of the Earth.
None of us (at least the east coast morning crew) have seen the movie, so we can’t give our Highly Important thoughts on it. At least the 3D version looks neat, I think.