3D movie 'Avatar' soars to a new dimension

The 3D hit movie 'Avatar' is reaching new heights and new dimensions. It has soared passed the billion dollar mark in worldwide box office sales.

Around the country, multi plex theaters were selling out of multiple showings this weekend. James’s Cameron’s sci-fi epic is number one at the box office again. It brought in more than $68 million domestically this weekend alone. The domestic total so far is more than $352 million. And oversees, the movie has pulled in more than $670 million. That makes for a total of more than $1.02 billion. Cameron now is the only filmmaker to direct two movies that have topped $1 billion. Cameron's 'Titanic' is the biggest modern blockbuster with $1.8 billion worldwide.

'Avatar's 3-D technology and computer-generated graphics have wowed many people. The special effects inovation also generates some talk about whether the movie marks a turning point for Hollywood.
But Movie critic Wade Major of Boxoffice-dot-com says he isn’t buying that. "They want this to be a game-changer. It’s not a game changer-but they want it to be.” Major says the studios and industry executives "want it to be a turning point because the more that you can rely on computer graphics and all of these technological toys, and the more you can rely on 3-D to get people into theaters and pay more, and the less you can rely on writing, the less you have to rely on all those high union wages of people who build sets if you can create it in a computer."

This is the third weekend in a row 'Avatar' has been number one at the box office. Number two this weekend is Robert Downey Jr.'s "Sherlock Holmes." It brought in more than $38 million. And in third place, 'Alvin and the Chipmonks: The Squeakquel." Critics panned it. But kids are turning out. It brought in more than $36 million this weekend.
Here are the top ten movies this holiday weekend:
1. ``Avatar,'' $68.3 million.
2. ``Sherlock Holmes,'' $38.4 million.
3. ``Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel,'' $36.6 million.
4. ``It's Complicated,'' $18.7 million.
5. ``The Blind Side,'' $12.7 million.
6. ``Up in the Air,'' $11.4 million.
7. ``The Princess and the Frog,'' $10 million.
8. ``Did You Hear About the Morgans?'', $5.2 million.
9. ``Nine,'' $4.3 million.
10. ``Invictus,'' $4.1 million.

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