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How To Train Your Dragon (3D)

March 31, 2010

“Animated 3d has arrived”

Final Thoughts:

The film is loosely based on the 2003 book of the same name with some changes.  It centers around a young boy, Hiccup who wants to be like all of his fellow Vikings, but always ends up causing trouble instead.  His goal in life is to kill the legendary Night Fury Dragon to prove himself to his tribe.  What ends up happening instead is that he becomes friends with the Dragon, Toothless, and teaches his tribe how to train the Dragons to work with them and for them rather than to fight them.  Or at leas thats the jist of the story without giving to away too much.

This film can be enjoyed by the entire family and the 3d is definitely used to enhance the film unlike the 2007 film Beowulf with a similar theme.  I will say that the relationship of Hiccup and Toothless is like Lilo & Stitch and even E.T. and some of the flying sequences reminded me of Avatar.   But what this film was able to do is make Dragons cute and cuddly.  I wanted to own my own Toothless after this film and take him home.  So Dragon’s can be man’s best friend after all.  The cast of voices included Gerard Butler, America Ferrera and Jonah Hill and worked perfectly for their characters, although the lead voice for Hiccup, Jay Baruchel sounded older than his character looked, but that was just a minor problem.

In the last few years, Pixar usually came out with an emotional and award-winning animated film,  but i believe Dreamworks may have just made that film.  I do expect Dragon to be nominated for best animated feature in next years Academy Awards and I also sense a sequel.

My grade: 94 (Watch It more than once)

Rotten Tomatoes: 97 (Fresh)

MetaCritic: 74  (Generally Favorable Reviews)

US Gross: 48.5m (Updated: March 31)

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Avatar – The Numbers

January 12, 2010

“On Day 45, the film crossed the 2 billion mark. And on day 47 became the highest grossing film in the US!!  It currently stands at 2.712b. At this rate and the continuing overseas success could even see the overseas total end up close to the worldwide finish of Titanic alone.  Every day is an unofficial record and overseas the film hasn’t budged.  Officially it has records for best New Years Day, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh weekend, MLK weekend, domestic, overseas, and now the worldwide record. To put its record success in perspective, let’s look at its still short box-office history”

(The chart includes the rankings in parenthesis of all-time)

December 18-24

Day 1-3 (Friday-Sunday) 77million/77million domestic (630) + 165million/165million overseas (202) = 242 million worldwide (285)

Day 4 Monday 16.4m/93.4m domestic (487) + 26.3m/191.3m overseas (162) = 284.7m worldwide (227)

Day 5 Tuesday 16.1m/109.5m domestic (369) + 28m/219.3m overseas (125) = 328.8m worldwide (181)

Day 6 Wednesday 16.4m/125.9m domestic (283) + 37m/256.3m overseas (90) = 382.2m worldwide (122)

Day 7 Thursday 11.2m/137.1m domestic (233) + (added to weekend)/256.3m overseas (90) = 393.4m worldwide (115)

–  Christmas Eve

December 25-31st

Day 8-10 (Friday-Sunday) 75.6m/212.7m domestic (87) + 152.8m/409.1m overseas (40) = 621.8m worldwide (46)

Day 11 Monday 19.4m/232.1m domestic (68) + 35.8m/444.8m overseas (31) = 676.9m worldwide (37)

Day 12 Tuesday 18.3m/250.4m domestic (55) + 39.3m/484.1m overseas (22) = 734.1m worldwide (34)

Day 13 Wednesday 18.5m/268.9m domestic (44) + 36.9m/521m overseas (20) = 789.9m worldwide (28)

Day 14 Thursday 14.7m/283.6m domestic (41) + (added to weekend)/521m overseas (20) = 804.6m worldwide (24)

–  New Years Eve

Jan 1-7th

Day-15-17 (Friday-Sunday) 68.5m/352.1m domestic (16) + 136.8m/657.8m overseas (5) = 1.009 billion worldwide (5)

–   Became the highest grossing film of 2009 worldwide on day 16!
–   Became the fifth film to join the 1 Billion club on day 17!

Day 18 Monday 8.1m/360.2m domestic (15) + 29.6m/687.4m overseas (4) = 1.047b worldwide (4)

Day 19 Tuesday 7.3m/367.5m domestic (15) + 28.2m/715.6m overseas (3) = 1.083b worldwide (3)

Became the highest grossing film of 2009 overseas on day 19!

Day 20 Wednesday 6.9m/374.4m domestic (13) + 26.1m/741.7m overseas (2) = 1.116b worldwide (2)

Became the second highest grossing film of all-time overseas and worldwide on day 20!

Day 21 Thursday 6.1m/380.5m domestic (11) + 24.5m/766.2m overseas (2) = 1.146b worldwide (2)

Jan 8-14th

Day 22-24 (Friday-Sunday) 50.3m/430.8m domestic (7) + 151m/917.2m overseas (2) = 1.348b worldwide (2)

–  Became the highest grossing film of 2009 in the US on day 23!

Day 25 Monday 5.1m/436m domestic (5) + 22m/939.2m overseas (2) = 1.375b worldwide (2)

Day 26 Tuesday 5/441m domestic (5) + ????/939.2m overseas (2) = 1.380b worldwide (2)

Day 27 Wednesday 4.7/445.8m domestic (4) + 42m (including Tuesday) /981.2m overseas (2) = 1.426b worldwide (2)

Day 28 Thursday 4.7/450.5m domestic (4) + (added to weekend)/981.2m overseas (2) = 1.431.5b worldwide (2)

–  although there were no numbers for thursday, based on the fact that the film was averaging 20m monday through thursday, the overseas gross most likely crossed 1 billion dollars today!!

Jan 15-21

Day 29-31 (Friday-Sunday) 42.8m/493.3m domestic (3) + 129/1.10b overseas (2) = 1.603b worldwide (2)

–  when the numbers are finalized for Friday, Avatar may actually pass Star Wars as the Number 3 film of all-time unadjusted

–  5th 100m+ weekend overseas and 5th weekend record domestic!!  Also the first film since The Sixth Sense, 10 years ago to spend a 5th consecutive weekend at number 1!!

Day 32 Monday 11.6m/504.9m domestic (3) + 22m/1.132b overseas (2) = 1.636b worldwide (2)

–  54.4 million dollar Martin Luther King weekend, breaking the record set by Cloverfield (46m) and also crossing 500m in just 32 days breaking The Dark Nights record (45 days).  These are still estimates and may still increase which has happened due to afternoon and evening boosts.

Day 33 Tuesday 4.2m/509.1m domestic (3) + 21m/1.153b overseas (2) = 1.662b worldwide (2)

Day 34 Wednesday 3.8m/512.9m domestic (3) + 19.4m/1.172b overseas (2) = 1.685b worldwide (2)

Day 35 Thursday 3.9m/516.8m domestic (3) + (added to weekend)/1.172b overseas (2) = 1.689b worldwide (2)

Jan 22-28th

Day 36-38 (Friday-Sunday) 34.9m/551.7m domestic (2) + 108.2/1.287b overseas (1) = 1.838b worldwide (2)

–  Due to some discrepancies with some box office sites, and whether Puerto Rico is included in the domestic number or the international number is the difference of 4-5 million dollars which wil be added in the international box-office for now!

– Avatar made an estimated 9.1 million on Friday, down just -12% from last week.  It made 16.5 million on Saturday, down just 5% from last week for an actual of 34.9 million million for the weekend.  This figure also helps propel the film past The Dark Knights final tally on Saturday, day 37 to become the number 2 film domestically of all time.  The overseas record was also broken on day 37 and the film was also the fastest film to 550 million on day 38!!

Day 39 Monday 3.2m/555m domestic (2) + 16.9m/1.304b overseas (1) = 1.859b worldwide (1)

– Officially the Number 1 film in the world!! 45.8m from the domestic record.

Day 40 Tuesday 3.2m/558.2m domestic (2) + 16.m/1.320b overseas (1) = 1.878b worldwide (1)

Day 41 Wednesday 3.1m/561.3m domestic (2) + 16.2m/1.336b overseas (1) = 1.897b worldwide (1)

Day 42 Thursday 3.1m/564.5m domestic (2) + 16.9m/1.353b overseas (1) = 1.917b worldwide (1)

Jan 29 – 4th

Day 43-45 (Friday-Sunday) 31.3m/595.8m domestic (2) + 95.4m/1.448b overseas (1) = 2.044b worldwide (1)

Day 46 Monday 2.7m/598.4 domestic (2) + ???/1.448b overseas (1) = 2.046b worldwide (1)

Day 47 Tuesday 2.7m/601.1 domestic (1) + 26.5m (Monday & Tuesday)/1.474b overseas (1) = 2.075b worldwide (1)

It’s official.  Avatar has sunken the ship domestic, overseas, and worldwide on day 47!!  Although Monday’s overseas numbers weren’t updated, Tuesdays numbers represent a -17% drop from last week.  That’s about a 13.25 per day!

Day 48 Wednesday 2.6m/603.8 domestic (1) + ???/1.474b overseas (1) = 2.077b worldwide (1)

Day 49 Thursday 2.7m/606.5 domestic (1) + 25m (Wednesday & Thursday)/1.499b overseas (1) = 2.105b worldwide (1)

Feb 5 – 11th

Day 50-52 (Friday-Sunday) 22.9m/629.3m domestic (1) + 79.3m/1.579b overseas (1) = 2.209b worldwide (1)

Day 53 Monday 2.25m/631.6m domestic (1) + ???/1.579b overseas (1) = 2.211b worldwide (1)

Day 54 Tuesday  2m/633.6m domestic (1) + 27m/1607b overseas (1) = 2241b worldwide (1)

Although the film held the number 1 spot domestically on monday and tuesday with a 10% drop, the film stayed flat overseas.  The 27m reported on tuesday point to a 13.5m monday and tuesday!  It increased from last weeks numbers!!

Day 55 Wednesday  1.8m/635.4m domestic (1) + ???/1607b overseas (1) = 2243b worldwide (1)

Day 56 Thursday  2.1m/637.5m domestic (1) + 24m/1607b overseas (1) = 2245b worldwide (1)

With a 15% increase due to better weather, this points to a 20+ weekend going into it’s 9th weekend.  650+ by Sunday is certain!  A 24m for Wednesday and Thursday points to another strong hold from last week!!

Feb 12 – 18

Day 57 – 59 (Friday-Sunday) 23.6m/661.2m domestic (1) + 59.8m/1.69b overseas (1) = 2.351b worldwide (1)

Day 60 Monday 5.2m/666.4m domestic (1) + ???/1.690b overseas (1) = 2.356b worldwide (1)

Day 61 Tuesday 1.8m/668.2m domestic (1) + 23m/1.708b overseas (1) = 2.376b worldwide (1)

Holding extremely well domestically.  The film is down only 9% from last week and down 14% overseas at this point.  At this rate the film is heading for a small drop this coming week.  On the domestic front there is only one contender this weekend instead of 3 and that should help the film cross 700m by this weekend.

Day 62 Wednesday 1.7m/669.9m domestic (1) + 11m/1.719b overseas (1) = 2.389b worldwide (1)

Day 63 Thursday 1.8m/671.7m domestic (1) + (added to weekend)/1.719b overseas (1) = 2.391b worldwide (1)

Feb 19-25

Day 64-66 (Friday-Sunday) 16.2m/687.9m domestic (1) + 48.4m/1.77b overseas (1) = 2.458b worldwide (1)

Day 67 Monday 1.3m/689.2m domestic (1) + ???/1.77b overseas (1) = 2.459b worldwide (1)

Day 68 Tuesday 1.3m/690.5m domestic (1) + ???/1.77b overseas (1) = 2.461b worldwide (1)

Day 69 Wednesday 1.2m/691.7m domestic (1) + ???/1.77b overseas (1) = 2.462b worldwide (1)

Day 70 Thursday 1.2m/692.9m domestic (1) + (added to weekend)/1.77b overseas (1) = 2.463b worldwide (1)

Due to the time the film has been playing in theaters, it is unlikely that there will be daily grosses overseas until the weekend which will include the entire week.

Feb 26 – 4

Day 71-73 (Friday-Sunday) 13.7m/706.6m domestic (1) + 36.1m(69m for Monday – Sunday)/1.84b overseas (1) = 2.547b worldwide (1)

Day 74 Monday 1.3m/707.8m domestic (1) + 1.84b overseas (1) = 2.548b worldwide (1)

Day 75 Tuesday 1.5m/709.3m domestic (1) + 1.84b overseas (1) = 2.55b worldwide (1)

Day 76 Wednesday 1.5m/710.8m domestic (1) + 1.84b overseas (1) = 2.551b worldwide (1)

Day 77 Thursday 1.6m/712.5m domestic (1) + 1.84b overseas (1) = 2.553b worldwide (1)

March 5-11

Day 78-80 (Friday-Sunday) 8.1m/720.6m domestic (1) + 42.8m/1.884b overseas (1) = 2.605b worldwide (1)

– 22.8m dollar overseas weekend and 20m weekly!

Day 81 Monday .8m/721.4m domestic (1) + 1.884b overseas (1) =2.605b worldwide (1)

– After 81 days above 1m, the film drops below the 1m mark on day 82!

Day 82 Tuesday .78m/722.2m domestic (1) + 1.884b overseas (1) = 2.606b worldwide (1)

Day 83 Wednesday .75m/722.9m domestic (1) + 1.884b overseas (1) = 2.606b worldwide (1)

Day 84 Thursday .79m/723.7m domestic (1) + 1.884b overseas (1) = 2.607b worldwide (1)

March 12-18

Day 85-87 (Friday – Sunday) 6.6m/730.3m domestic (1) + 29m/1.913b overseas (1) = 2.644b worldwide (1)

– Avatar made around 21-22 million last week pointing to a strong hold from last weekend.  Weekly total was close to 8-9 million!

Day 88 Monday .67m/731m domestic (1) + 1913b overseas (1) = 2.644b worldwide (1)

Day 89 Tuesday .68m/731.6m domestic (1) + 1.913b overseas (1) = 2.645b worlwide (1)

Day 90 Wednesday .61m/732.2m domestic (1) + 1.913b overseas (1) = 2.645b worldwide (1)

Day 91 Thursday .65m/732.9m domestic (1) + 1.913b overseas (1) = 2.646b worldwide (1)

March 19-25

Day 92-94 (Friday – Sunday) 4m/736.9m domestic (1) + 23m/1.936b overseas (1) = 2.673b worldwide (1)

Day 95-98 (Monday – Thursday) 1.49m/738.4m domestic (1) + 6.4m/1.942b overseas (1) = 2.680b worldwide (1)

March 26 – April 1

Day 99-101 (Friday – Sunday) 2m/740.4m domestic (1) + 7.6m/1.950b overseas (1) = 2.690b

April 2 – 8

Day 106-108 (Friday – Sunday) .98/742.3m domestic (1) + 4.6m/1.959b overseas (1) = 2.701b

April 9 – 22

Day 109-126  745.1m domestic (1) + 1.967b overseas (1) = 2.712b worldwide (1)

Domestic Records:

(1)  Avatar 745.1m
(2)   Titanic 600.8m
(3)   The Dark Knight – 533.3m

The film actually increased by 18.7% this weekend after also gaining 46 theaters.

Overseas Records:

(1)   Avatar 1.967b
(2)   Titanic 1.2b

Worldwide Records:

(1)  Avatar – 2.712b
(2)   Titanic – 1.842b

The film crosses 2.5b after 3 months.  The film is number 1 of all-time in 31 countries and has surpassed Titanic in a total of 53 countries.  It also crossed the $200 million dollar mark in IMAX worldwide.  With the film slowly ending its record breaking gross, the film should finish around 2.7b!

Day 126 -> 740-800 m domestic + 1.950b – 2.4b overseas = 2.69-3.2b total

Note: Transformers spent 4.5 months in theaters.  Note: Transformers spent 4.5 months in theaters.  Note: Transformers spent 4.5 months in theaters.  Note: Transformers spent 4.5 months in theaters.  The Dark Knight spent about 8.5 months.  Titanic spent closer to 10 months in theaters.  Due to the plethora of 3d releases in the next few months, Avatar had a shorter than expected shelf life of about 5 months.  Good News for Avatar fans .  The DVD will contain 5-6 minutes of fully finished theatrical-release-quality scenes including scenes on earth, while the re-release may contain up to 21 minutes of scenes that will be completed for the film.

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