‘Avatar’ – Domestic and Worldwide Box Office Numbers

Regardless of whether you fell asleep during Avatar or had your eyeballs explode out of their sockets, the film is an event. More so than many releases of this decade, a lot was riding on its opening weekend revenue. Here’s more information on just how well James Cameron’s opus did:

Worldwide, it made $242.5 million, which is the best opening ever for a “nonsequel.”

Even though there was that “blizzard” on the east coast, Avatar saw a drop of revenue of only 3 percent when comparing Saturday to Sunday.

In America, 178 Imax theaters earned a record-breaking $9.5 million. This amount “accounted for 13 percent of the film’s total opening number, although Imax locations repped just 3 percent of the total screen count.”

Avatar opened in 65 major markets around the world – and was top dog at every single one of them.

“With its estimated international total of $165.5 million, Cameron’s pic scored the fifth best opening of all time internationally, narrowly beating the $165.4 million opening of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.”

Russia was the highest earning country with $20.8 million, second was $20.3 in France, and third was the $14.1 million from the United Kingdom.

It earned Fox it’s best openings ever in a few countries: South Korea ($11.4 million), Spain ($10.9 million), and India ($4.7 million).

Variety could not have said it better, however: “Fox needs “Avatar” to have a long and lucrative run: Pic cost $310 million to produce, although tax credits bring that number down to $280 million. Studio likely spent $100 million-$150 million to market the tentpole.”

Source: Variety

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  1. xx says:

    I’m so glad this is doing well. In the next few weeks they’ll begin making a profit definitely. Then for sure it’ll gain cult following plays in theaters from time to time, and the DVD’s will make a LOT of money. Especially bluray.
    There ya go, Fox. Profit, and one of the best openings ever. Now get Cameron to make the sequel already…

  2. Don says:


    A sequel to this movie how? What would it be about? This movie does just fine as a stand-alone. No need for sequel after sequel. Not all movies need to be drug through the mud just to make a few bucks.

  3. Jezza says:

    Avatar was never gonna be as big in Britain as it has been in other countries due to St Trinians 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold being released on the same day. St Trinians 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold is also an excusive to Britain. It’s not been shown in any other countries yet. Avatar may have outgrossed St Trinians in it’s open weekend in Britain, but in the long term St Trinians will triumph due to star power.
    David Tennant, Colin Firth, Rupert Everet, Gemma Areteton, Sarah Harding From Girls Aloud and Ricky Wilson from The Kaiser Chiefs are all big names that feature in St Trinians 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold .The only reasonabbly big name in Avatar is Sigorney Weaver and she’s past her prime. Michelle Rodriguez? Sam Worthington? Zoe Saldana? Who the Hell are these guys?

  4. xx says:

    Don, you’re kidding right? Try paying attention not only TO THE MOVIE, but to the press as well. Cameron has already talked about sequels. Watch your mouth, champ.

  5. Someone says:

    St Trinians 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold Would never be as big as avatar

  6. Anna says:

    Who Really cares???

  7. John B says:

    St Trinians 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold ?? I have never heard of this movie.

    Jb – USA

  8. Patirck says:

    Don, there is no way this film is not going to have a sequel. The way it ended almost necessitates a sequel. JakeSully opening his eyes as the close. The humans being marched off the world without the mineral that is 20 million a kilo. If you think there has ever been any human endeavor where the booty is 20 million a kilo and humans just said we lost then walked away, you are sadly mistaken. The sequel is coming and I can’t wait to see it.

  9. Paul says:

    (1) Back in 2006 Cameron ALREADY announced Avatar to be a trilogy.
    (2) Last week HE talked about the seguel again.
    (3) Cameron is probably the best Hollywood director to succeed in making great sequels (Aliens, Terminator) without spoiling the original movie.
    (4) A LOT OF MONEY has already been invested in the animation technologies and in creating the Pandora world, so the follow-ups will surely be much cheaper and much faster to produce.

    I think, after finishing the trilogy, Cameron will sell the rights to some studio willing to produce a TV series based on the Pandora world.

  10. Jezza says:

    The St Trinians movies are an exclusive to Britain. Much like the Tyler Perry movies are to USA

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