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发表于 2010-1-26 12:57:00
UPDATE 2-'Avatar' replaces 'Titanic' in record books
* "Avatar" earns $1.84 billion worldwide
* Sci-fi film biggest international release of all time
* Harrison Ford's new film bombs (Recasts, updates foreign sales for "Avatar" and details of new releases in North America)
LOS ANGELES, Jan 24 (Reuters) - "Titanic" just hit an iceberg named "Avatar."
JamesCameron's sci-fi spectacular replaced his maritime melodrama as thebiggest international release of all time during the weekend and is onthe verge of claiming its worldwide crown, which also includes NorthAmerican receipts, distributor 20th Century Fox said on Sunday.
TheNews Corp <NWSA.O>-owned studio said "Avatar" has sold $1.841billion worth of tickets worldwide during its unbroken six-week reign,and was a day or so away from surpassing the seemingly insurmountable$1.843 billion racked up by "Titanic" in 1997-1998.
The international portion stands at $1.288 billion, eclipsing the $1.242 billion haul of "Titanic."
InNorth America, "Avatar" may have to wait up to two weeks to sink the$601 million total of "Titanic," Fox said. Moviegoers in the UnitedStates and Canada have chipped in $552.8 million, enough to replace2008's "The Dark Knight" ($533 million) as the second-biggest movie ofall time.
Data are not adjusted for inflation, and "Avatar"ticket sales got an additional boost from premium pricing for 3-Dscreenings. Imax Corp <IMAX.O> said its big-screen engagementshave sold a record $134 million worth of tickets worldwide.
Thebiggest movie of all time in North America -- adjusted for inflation --is 1939's "Gone with the Wind," with sales of almost $1.5 billion,according to tracking firm Box Office Mojo. "Avatar" ranks No. 26 bythat measure.
"AVATAR" RULES IN FRANCE, CHINA
During thelatest weekend, "Avatar" earned $36 million in North America and $107million from 111 international markets, far outpacing other offerings.
It led the field in at least 29 foreign markets, including France ($123million to date), China ($102 million), Germany ($96 million), Russia($95 million) and Britain ($93 million).
In North America,"Avatar" was trailed by the new supernatural action thriller "Legion"at No. 2 with $18.2 million, while the Denzel Washington drama "TheBook of Eli" slipped to No. 3 with $17 million in its second weekend.
"Legion,"released by Sony Corp's <6758.T> <SNE.N> Screen Gems budgetlabel, cost about $25 million to make, and played primarily to men, thestudio said. Paul Bettany, Lucas Black and Tyrese Gibson star in thetale of an of-the-way diner that becomes the unlikely battleground forthe survival of the human race.
"Eli," a similarly themedapocalyptic drama released by Time Warner Inc's <TWX.N> WarnerBros. Pictures on behalf of independent producer Alcon Entertainment,has earned $62 million after 10 days.
Two other films opened inthe top-10: Fox's Dwayne Johnson family film "The Tooth Fairy" at No. 4with a promising $14.5 million, and the Harrison Ford medical drama"Extraordinary Measures" at No. 7 with a disappointing $7 million.
"ExtraordinaryMeasures" is the debut release of CBS Corp's <CBSa.N> CBS Films,which said its fact-based storyline about a father trying to save thelives of his children made it a tough sell. Older audiences in theMidwest and mountain areas were the primary demographic, the studiosaid.
Fox said "Tooth Fairy" played well across the board,despite or because of its depiction of former wrestler Johnson, a.k.a."The Rock" in a tutu and wings.
"It's a very sweet, wonderfulmessage movie," said Chris Aronson, Fox's senior vice-president ofdomestic distribution. (Reporting by Dean Goodman; Editing by CynthiaOsterman)