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article image'Avatar' also hit by snowstorms

By Sukhdeep Chhabra     Dec 20, 2009 in Entertainment
The snowstorms have disrupted more than just Christmas shopping this year. Director James Cameron's highly anticipated 3D sci-fi film Avatar has had a comparatively low box-office gross despite the premium in the 3D ticket prices.
The phantasmagorical epic created by director James Cameron is out and as predicted, created quite a spur among critics and fans alike. Also under intense scrutiny is its box office performance, which has not been as dramatic as expected. Avatar grossed a mere $3.5 million from Thursday’s midnight screenings as compared to Harry Potter and the Half–Blood prince and The Twilight Saga: New Moon, which hauled in $22.2 million and $26.3 million from their respective midnight screenings, reports Entertainment Weekly.
Apparently the massive snowstorms on the East Coast are a reason for keeping people from seeing the movie. With a budget of over $400 million, the studios need a good opening to turn this ambitious saga into a success. With collections of $27 million and $25 million on Friday and Saturday respectively, and a $20 million estimate for Sunday, Avatar will be the third best December debut of all time with $72 million behind I Am Legend (2007) at $77.2 million and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King at $72.6 million.
Looks like our paraplegic marine has more to deal with than just a pretty blue alien race.
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