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On Thursday, April 22, which is Earth Day, Fox will release the first DVD and Blu-Rays of Avatar. This is a 2D version without any extras and will be followed later by another with extras and a 3D version.
Meanwhile, the calls and clamor for news about a follow up to the biggest movie of all time seem to grow louder by the day. Apparently three hours of swinging around in the CGI trees isn't enough for Na'vi fans. They want more.
And more they shall get according to James Cameron, the man behind the magic. Speaking to the L.A. Times, Cameron confirmed that plans are underway for a sequel and that he already has a vision for the next film.
'Part of my focus in the second film is in creating a different environment,' Cameron said. 'A different setting within Pandora. And I'm going to be focusing on the ocean on Pandora, which will be equally rich and diverse and crazy and imaginative, but it just won't be a rain forest. I'm not saying we won't see what we've already seen; we'll see more of that as well."
Cameron also confirmed that, on top of the upcoming DVD/Blu-Ray releases, Avatar will be returning to theatres in August. The film was bounced from Imax screens across the continent when Alice in Wonderland premiered and Cameron wants fans to have another chance to catch his adventure on the biggest of screens.
"We were sold out of our Imax performances right up to the moment until they were contractually obligated to switch to Alice in Wonderland, so we know we left money on the table there."
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With the way things were going, only a worldwide ban on "Avatar" could have stopped it from toppling "Titanic's" record as the highest grossing film of all time. Luckily for James Cameron, that didn't happen and it easily overtook the previous record held by the 1997 film, also helmed by Cameron.
"Titanic" held fast to its record for almost 12 years with a total gross of $1.843 billion. Cameron, proving that he's the only one with the touch magical enough to beat his own record, brought it down with "Avatar," which currently stands at $1.859 billion in a little over six weeks. "Avatar," starring Sam Worthington as an American soldier who falls in love with Neytiri, an alien played by Zoe Saldana, has held strong at number one in the box office in several countries since it was released, including the United States.
However, "Avatar's" numbers are cushioned by inflation and the higher cost of 3D tickets. According to Fox, 72% of sales account from 3D shows.
According to Box Office Mojo, factoring in inflation, the 1939 film "Gone With the Wind" is the most lucrative film of all time with an adjusted gross of $1.485 billion followed by "Star Wars" and "The Sound of Music." "Avatar's" adjusted gross drops to $562 million and ranks it at number 26.
But that shouldn't faze Cameron, who has already won a Golden Globe for Best Director and Best Movie Drama. The film is essentially guaranteed several nominations at the upcoming Oscars and, with no signs of sales slowing down, will continue to rack up the big bucks.
Maybe only "Avatar 2" will be able to best it.
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