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Nothing can seem to stop worldwide audiences' love of Cameron's sci-fi epic

While some may criticize it as unoriginal for parallels to past movies and literature, James Cameron's latest masterpiece, Avatar is a smash hit among critics and moviegoers alike. 

Fueled by strong sales of more expensive 3D movie tickets and fueled by a viral marketing campaign online and off, Avatar proved a triumph in a hit or miss market that's seen even veterans like Harrison Ford recently deliver painful flops.  If Avatar has one problem it's that it's having a hard time keeping up with international demand, as the film quickly raked in over $1B USD within only three weeks of its December 10, 2009 release.

From a tech and science standpoint Avatar is landmark success for 3D animation, marking the first time audiences have embraced (for the most part) emotive human-like 3D characters alongside living ones in a drama flick.  The animation pushes the boundaries of current work, as does the xenobiology featured in the film (Avatar hired a team of experienced biologists to help develop the flora and fauna of the fictional world of Na'vi).

Now Avatar is about to make history as it is expected today to become the highest grossing film ever, sinking the Titanic's record total of $1.843B USD.  What is particularly impressive is how quickly Avatar pulled in the total, reaching $1.841B USD over the weekend, after only six weeks in theaters, and less than that in some foreign markets. 

In many countries, Avatar has become the top grossing U.S. film in their history, and even among their total top grossing films -- a remarkable achievement in countries with strong film industries like France.  Internationally the film has earned $1.288B USD, despite getting a bumped from China's standard theaters for a new Chow Yun Fat epic about the Chinese philosopher Confucius (Avatar continues to play in around 900 of China's 3D theaters).

Even as Avatar rolls towards the epic mark of becoming the first movie to break $2B USD, Cameron has announced that two sequels are in the works.  Considering Fox may have spent more than $300M USD on the film, that's great news for the 3D animation industry.

With its success, Avatar has drawn some backlash.  The U.S. Marine Corps disliked the unflattering depiction of the mercenary marine army whose leadership was corrupted by greed and bloodlust.  Others loved Avatar so much that they reported depression and suicidal thoughts out of regret they could not live in the movie's fantasy world.  And still others have complained of the film being too similar to past work, varying from Pocahontas (first popularized to the masses by the 19th century burlesque The Gentle Savage) to Braveheart.

Critics, for the most part, have been deaf to such criticism.  They rewarded Avatar with awards for Best Motion Picture and Best Director and the 2010 Golden Globe Awards.

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RE: I believe it
By sigilscience on 1/25/2010 7:28:12 PM , Rating: 2
I think you're being too harsh on the film. Yeah, its entertainment -- but its supposed to be. It's not supposed to be a documentary. It does an excellent job of making you feel the enormity of the disaster, and what it might have been like to actually be on the ship at the time. The effects were groundbreaking at the time too. Was the love story cheesy? Very. So what?

BTW, Kate Winslet is borderline chunky with a florid farmgirl complexion. I can't imagine anyone thinking she's the "hottest gal on the planet".

RE: I believe it
By Freezebyte on 1/25/10, Rating: 0
RE: I believe it
By sigilscience on 1/25/2010 7:48:15 PM , Rating: 2
I do dig them actually. But hey, if you like the meaty chicks, more power to you. Here's some good lookin' luv for ya:

RE: I believe it
By sigilscience on 1/25/2010 7:50:22 PM , Rating: 2
BTW, why did you quote the word opinion? Do you think my opinion is actually fact? Or are you somewhat punctuation challenged?

RE: I believe it
By Freezebyte on 1/25/10, Rating: 0
RE: I believe it
By sigilscience on 1/25/2010 8:40:34 PM , Rating: 2
The chick in the first link is pretty hot, thanks.

I think you and I should go bar-hopping together. We certainly wouldn't have any problems deciding who would get which girl.

RE: I believe it
By Freezebyte on 1/25/2010 8:43:49 PM , Rating: 2
Tried it and and not my thing. I'd rather stay home with a diet energy drink and play games while petting my cat.

RE: I believe it
By Chocobollz on 1/26/2010 2:44:05 AM , Rating: 2
Size 12 and 16 is a meatbag :p

RE: I believe it
By Chocobollz on 1/26/2010 2:46:51 AM , Rating: 2
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