Avatar is finally here and hordes of sci-fi nerds and James Cameron fans will be out in droves to experience the long anticipated 3-D adventure. But no screening could be as cool as one held on Wednesday night. Cameron threw a private viewing party inviting his peers and other industry professionals to critic his new work. Variety Magazine reported these comments:
Michael Bay: “Avatar puts you in another world, and that’s the highest praise.”
Michael Mann: “There’s before this movie and after this movie.”
Steven Spielberg: “The most evocative and amazing science-fiction movie since ‘Star Wars.’
“Simpsons” creator Matt Groening: “I feel like this is a landmark in the history of cinema: it’s great storytelling using completely artificial means.”
Wow, I bet that was some party.
Avatar’s Thursday midnight totals were 3.5 million dollars in 2000 theaters (most in 3-D). Twilight: New Moon holds the current record at 26.3 million. We also have to remember the mega-hit Titanic (opening same weekend in ’97) opening day was less than 9 million. It went on to be the highest grossing film of all time at 600 million domestically.
First reviews of Avatar coming soon. Check out our other posts on Avatar.