Avatar’s Race to $1 Billion

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Four movies in the history of movies have made more than $1 billion. Avatar may very well become the fifth. James Cameron's homage to the Blue Man Group has made $232 million worldwide in just one weekend, and there are at least three reasons to believe that number may reach a billion.

First, a nasty winter storm kept many Northeastern moviegoers standing next to the oven, dreaming of life in magical California. Once roads clear, those people will give the HMFIC their money. Second, the movie hasn't yet opened in China or Japan, two countries that love over-the-top special effects. And third, people love Avatar so far. And when people love movies, they tell their friends about them. Sheep that they are, people go see movies their friends like.

Could 'Avatar' hit $1 billion? [Company Town/LA Times]