Japan $42,833,478 1/6/2010
China $9,703,926 1/5/2010
Japan has had movies that grossed $170+ million
China had 2012 with $70 million
So several countries are likely to more than double the current box office.
The prediction made here that Avatar will be the new worldwide number one (non-inflation) adjusted box office champion looks like a pretty safe prediction.
“Avatar continues to break IMAX records, and the incredible legs and word of mouth on this film point to continued momentum in the weeks ahead,” added Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. “These results demonstrate how James Cameron’s vision combined with The IMAX Experience can bring in new audiences, which is a great way to kick-off 2010. We look forward to the excitement continuing as Avatar opens on 11 more IMAX screens in China this week.”
As of September 30, 2009, there were 403 IMAX theatres (280 commercial, 123 institutional) operating in 44 countries.
Avatar continued its record-breaking box office run over its third weekend, grossing approximately $8.7 million from 179 IMAX(R) theatres domestically from January 1 through January 3, 2010. The film registered more than 12% of the film’s total domestic gross of $68.3 million during that period on less than 3% of the screens, driving the domestic IMAX box office to date to approximately $47.1 million.
The worldwide IMAX box office total for Avatar is estimated to be $67 million as of the end of day Sunday, January 3, 2010.
Dark Knight made about $60-70 million on Imax. Avatar should make $200+ million from its Imax showings alone.
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