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Just a few weeks ago, Newsy showed one blockbuster analyst saying ‘Avatar’ would probably NOT beat the 1.8 billion dollars in worldwide ticket sales made by Cameron’s ‘Titanic.’

 

“I think it [Avatar] can make money, but beating that 1.8 billion dollars, I don’t think that’s going to happen. ‘The Lord of the Rings’ movies did just over one billion dollars worldwide, but not 1.8 billion. I think that’s a number that's going to hold for a long time.”

 

But that time just may be up, following Avatar’s success in the box office and at the 67th annual Golden Globes. According to the LA Times:

 

“It's already the third-biggest movie of all time domestically, not accounting for ticket-price inflation, and now looks likely to best Cameron's own ‘Titanic’ for the No. 1 spot. … By the end of the week, it will likely surpass the $1.84 billion grossed by ‘Titanic’ around the globe in 1998.”

 

On Showbiz Tonight, Inside Edition and E! correspondents point out how negative predictions surrounding the film proved false.

 

Inside Edition: “Well, there’s one thing for sure: what a difference a month makes. Because before ‘Avatar’ opened, people were predicting gloom and doom, it was going to be horrible, a disaster and look where it is now.”

 

E!: “And just think, this win is just going to make people who haven’t seen it, go out and see it more. And it is kind of going to be a departure if it does take Best Picture because we’ve never really had an animated film of blue people, take home the statue.”

 

Will ‘Avatar’ continue this momentum toward an Oscar win?

 

The International Business Times headlines, “‘Avatar’ on track for Oscar domination” and continues its argument saying:

 

“If the awards won by James Cameron's epic at the 67th Golden Globes awards are anything to go by, the most expensive CGI movie ever made seems set to clean up when Oscar night comes rolling around."

 

But one MSNBC contributor and pop culture critic says the Golden Globe awards are not necessarily a good predictor of who gets the Oscar.

 

“The thing that jumped out at me is that now it is clear that ‘Dances with Smurfs’ is the film to beat going into the Oscars this year. It goes into the Oscars with a ton of momentum even though we can’t take the golden globes too seriously as an Oscar predictor. That is about 80 people voting, okay? And it is a bribable award, as multiple people joked last night.”

 

As Oscar nomination ballots are still in the hands of the Academy’s members and will be announced February 2nd, do you think ‘Avatar’ will be a shoe-in for the coveted Best Picture award?

Writer: Kyrsten Skulborstad

'Avatar' Set to Sink 'Titanic'

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Jan 19, 2010

'Avatar' Set to Sink 'Titanic'

(Thumbnail image: 20th Century Fox)

Just a few weeks ago, Newsy showed one blockbuster analyst saying ‘Avatar’ would probably NOT beat the 1.8 billion dollars in worldwide ticket sales made by Cameron’s ‘Titanic.’

 

“I think it [Avatar] can make money, but beating that 1.8 billion dollars, I don’t think that’s going to happen. ‘The Lord of the Rings’ movies did just over one billion dollars worldwide, but not 1.8 billion. I think that’s a number that's going to hold for a long time.”

 

But that time just may be up, following Avatar’s success in the box office and at the 67th annual Golden Globes. According to the LA Times:

 

“It's already the third-biggest movie of all time domestically, not accounting for ticket-price inflation, and now looks likely to best Cameron's own ‘Titanic’ for the No. 1 spot. … By the end of the week, it will likely surpass the $1.84 billion grossed by ‘Titanic’ around the globe in 1998.”

 

On Showbiz Tonight, Inside Edition and E! correspondents point out how negative predictions surrounding the film proved false.

 

Inside Edition: “Well, there’s one thing for sure: what a difference a month makes. Because before ‘Avatar’ opened, people were predicting gloom and doom, it was going to be horrible, a disaster and look where it is now.”

 

E!: “And just think, this win is just going to make people who haven’t seen it, go out and see it more. And it is kind of going to be a departure if it does take Best Picture because we’ve never really had an animated film of blue people, take home the statue.”

 

Will ‘Avatar’ continue this momentum toward an Oscar win?

 

The International Business Times headlines, “‘Avatar’ on track for Oscar domination” and continues its argument saying:

 

“If the awards won by James Cameron's epic at the 67th Golden Globes awards are anything to go by, the most expensive CGI movie ever made seems set to clean up when Oscar night comes rolling around."

 

But one MSNBC contributor and pop culture critic says the Golden Globe awards are not necessarily a good predictor of who gets the Oscar.

 

“The thing that jumped out at me is that now it is clear that ‘Dances with Smurfs’ is the film to beat going into the Oscars this year. It goes into the Oscars with a ton of momentum even though we can’t take the golden globes too seriously as an Oscar predictor. That is about 80 people voting, okay? And it is a bribable award, as multiple people joked last night.”

 

As Oscar nomination ballots are still in the hands of the Academy’s members and will be announced February 2nd, do you think ‘Avatar’ will be a shoe-in for the coveted Best Picture award?

Writer: Kyrsten Skulborstad

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