The ‘Script to Screen’ Blog is reporting that Avatar is estimated to have pulled in $27 million dollars in its opening day, and Box Office Mojo is reporting it will make an estimated $73 million this weekend. This makes Avatar the biggest film to open for Fox outside of the summer season, although it didn’t break the record for the biggest December open, which was $34 million for ‘The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King’, but by all accounts, it was a good opening for this film.
Considering that there was a major snow storm in much of the East coast this weekend and the fact that this weekend is the busiest shopping weekend of the year, Avatar made out pretty well. I would personally have liked to see Avatar beat Twilight which brought in $70 million on the first day, but I guess I can settle for these numbers.
By the way, if you were curious to know what kind of numbers Titanic made on its opening day. According to Box Office Mojo, Titanic pulled in $8.7 million, which adjusted for inflation would be $14 million. So not bad for Avatar. If Avatar will make Titanic money, who knows. I know they will have to in order to make back their estimated $500 million budget.
Lets just hope it does well so that we can get a sequel from this film.