AVATAR midnight opening totals and celeb comments

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.

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