Well, it's official. There you go. Done and dusted. Avatar is the king of the world's box office. Fox confirmed that Titanic's title was lost to Cameron's successor early Monday following another massive haul over the weekend - it's now taken $1.292 billion in international receipts, $50 million ahead of Titanic.
With 70% of Avatar's income coming from oversees territories, Cameron still hasn't topped Titanic's domestic takings yet - he's on $551 million compared to $600 million in the US. Then again, technicalities can be trotted out all over the place; taking into account inflation, Titanic's worldwide record is actually closer to $2.5 billion. Let alone the skew 3-D prices put on Avatar's tickets. But is it wrong to take Cameron's title away from him? Perhaps. Unless he gets that Oscar too. In which case I'll be the first to roll out the old fact that Gone with the Wind's adjusted box office is still up at the $6 billion pound mark. No matter how big your blue people are, that's a hard target to beat.
Director: Louis Leterrier
Cast: Sam Worthington, Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson
Release Date: Friday 26th March
The ultimate struggle for power pits men against kings and kings against gods. But the war between the gods themselves could destroy the world. Born of a god but raised as a man, Perseus (Sam Worthington) is helpless to save his family from Hades (Ralph Fiennes), vengeful god of the underworl
With nothing left to lose, Perseus volunteers to lead a dangerous mission to defeat Hades before he can seize power from Zeus (Liam Neeson) and unleash hell on earth. Leading a daring band of warriors, Perseus sets off on a perilous journey deep into forbidden worlds. Battling unholy demons and fearsome beasts, he will only survive if he can accept his power as a god, defy his fate and create his own destiny.
It's out today (and we frickin' loved it by the way), but in case you still need a Cameron fix before you catch Avatar yourself, here's some fresh new clips to whet your appetite. It's not in 3-D and i-Flicks is far from an IMAX screen, but there's something clearly wrong with you if you don't enjoy any of this at all. Still, Sigourney Weaver in full scientist mode may not be your cup of tea. In which case head over to our videos section for the trailer itself and a lovely eyeball-hugging trip round Pandora.
But if inter-planetary tourism ain't your style, read on for the full clips. One of them has blue people in it. Happy Avatar Day everyone.
Director: James Cameron
Cast: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez
Here at i-Flicks, we aren't the biggest fans of the 3-D film monster. It is slowly consuming every film - past, present and future - like the pink stuff in Ghostbusters II. But James Cameron's latest epic, Avatar, may have just about swayed our views.
Director: Spike Jonze
Cast: Max Records, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener, Lauren Ambrose, Forest Whitaker, Catherine O'Hara, Paul Dano
It's a tough line to draw, between childhood and adulthood - once you've aged and you're all craggy, can you really remember what it's like to run riot, throw snowballs, or bite your own mum? Unlike some filmmakers, Spike Jonze clearly can: his distinctive take on Maurice Sendak's much-loved picture book is a heart-warming, soul-crushing, gorgeous lump of a movie. And best of all? It reeks of childhood. Imagination, that is. Not piddle.
Director: James Cameron
Cast: Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver
Release Date: Thursday 17th December
We enter the alien world of Pandora through the eyes of Jake Sully, a former Marine confined to a wheelchair. He is recruited to travel light years to the human outpost, where corporations are mining a rare mineral that is the key to solving Earth’s energy crisis. Because the atmosphere of Pandora is toxic, they have created the Avatar Program, in which human “drivers” have their consciousness linked to an avatar, a remotely-controlled biological body that can survive in the lethal air. These avatars are genetically engineered hybrids of human DNA mixed with DNA from the natives of Pandora, the Na’vi.
As the world waits for James Cameron's epic labour of three-dimensional love, the vote's in, at least for one critic. Published on Gawker.com, the review from a "real live entertainment worker" of Avatar is far from positive. In fact, it describes it as "vomit inducing".
The guy, who remains anonymous, has seen a fairly large glimpse of the film and isn't impressed. Taking Cameron's titan of cinema to pieces, his review points out that "the story/acting/tone are alienating and weird", before going on to explain his main issue with the film: "The problem is with cutting in between 3D focal points and perspective - the mind cannot adjust to it without a buffer - thus, Avatar is literally vomit inducing."
Harsh words for the Fox release, which is mounting the kind of hype that rivals low-budget phenomenon Paranormal Activity. Now I'm not a hugely convinced Avatar fan, as you know. It looks moderately impressive, but I'm worried by what looks like a terrible love story and cliched dialogue. With a slew of trailers gradually being released, some fears are allayed, others made worse. But the studio are clearly out to eradicate all doubts with their latest concoction: the world's first interactive trailer.
Containing links to feeds from Twitter and Facebook, it jazzes up their theatrical teaser with profiles, cast comments and other things multimedia. It'll certainly give you all the Avatar fixes you need. Whether you're impressed by it or not is another matter. All we know for now is that for one person, it's not a pretty sight. His review concludes: "There are very beautiful moments, with great editing/sound/art direction, but overall it's a horrible piece of shit."
Avatar is released on Friday 18th December. Read on for a glimpse of the interactive trailer.
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Cast: Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth
"Marley was dead to begin with..." We all know how it goes, that classic Dickens tale of England past. Now, thanks to Robert Zemeckis, A Christmas Carol has gone all Polar Express. Because that's what you do to a beloved book: fill it with motion-capture CGI. Do you remember Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Robert's work was an animated revolution. But 21 years down the line, his 3-D, previously seen in such stellar fare as Beowulf, is less impressive. Did you know that 19th Century London was populated by the extras from Shrek 2?
Here it is: the new international trailer for Avatar. The official full-length trailer (i.e. not a teaser) is hitting the online world tomorrow, but it's supposedly identical to the one above. We get more of a look at Pandora, Cameron's uber-CGI 3-D paradise, and a bit more of the plot. The verdict? A resounding meh.
Ok, so the visuals still look good, but we've already gathered that one - on Sunday 1st November, the 3 1/2 minute trailer will be played on the world's biggest screen at the Cowboys stadium in Arlington, Texas. Millions in the crowd will make it the largest live preview of a movie to date, let alone the folks at home watching on FOX Sports.
"We will send a message: that this is our land!" yells marine Jake (Sam Worthington) in his mind-controlled Avatar body, bred especially for bowling around Pandora with Really Big Guns. But in between the mining of the planet's natural resources and the terrible looking love interest, James Cameron's Avatar is looking increasingly average story-wise. After that crazy hype machine working overtime, it's a massive anti-climax; when it comes to tight-lipped PR campaigns, less is always more. Now we've got more, I'm not sure I want it. Judging by this, heck, I prefer Titanic. At least that had Billy Zane.
Maybe I'm being too harsh. Is this a big blue let-down? Your thoughts? Read on for the full video.
Well, the BFI IMAX was packed to the rafters (and those rafters are very high, folks) with fans eager to see the epic imagination of James Cameron, no doubt soon to be crowned King of 3-D. But what can be gleaned from 15 minutes of footage? Can you really get a sense of what might unfold in a few months time? Probably not, but hey, let's give it a bash.