The blue cat alien can beat
the scar-faced psychopath as AVATAR just passed DARK KNIGHT on the all-time box office list.
Topping the frame with an estimated weekend gross of $36 million for a cume of $552.8 million, 20th Century Fox and James Cameron’s “Avatar” has jumped past Warner Bros.’ “The Dark Knight” with $533.3 million to become the second highest grossing film ever at the domestic box office.
So now James Cameron has the #1 and #2 top grossing movies of all times. King of the world, indeed. We haven’t really been following the AVATAR Phenomenon here, but Geoff Boucher rounds up all the cults, depressions, deaths, and political conroversies. To be honest, when we saw the movie, we weren’t convinced it was going to go as far as it has — whether you think it’s the same story as DANCES WITH WOLVES, POCAHONTAS, FERNGULLY, LITTLE BIG MAN, or whatever, it is a very popular one, the great white man who learns to live and love from the noble savages. Has there ever really been an outsider who learns the ways of the tribe and then goes on to lead the tribe? It happens in myth quite a bit, but in real life, it usually has to happen by force. Call it a fantasy then — cultural Mary Sue.
Semi comics-related bonus: Jeet Heer talks AVATAR.