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Avatar Worldwide Box Office at $727 Million in Just 12 Days

31 December 2009 8:41 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

As of this writing Avatar, James Cameron’s tale of a culture clash between human and Na’vi on the fantastical world of Pandora, has made $726,612,776 worldwide in its first twelve days of release according to Box Office Mojo. Domestically the film has grossed $250,419,951, while international audiences have contributed a whopping $476,192,825 to the increasingly impressive box office total. For more admiration on how well Avatar has done so far and speculation on how much higher it could soar, hit the jump.

For all the fretting that was done prior to Avatar’s release about how it could possibly recoup its budget, the box office is large enough quick enough that 20th Century Fox accountants no longer have cause for concern. Only on Christmas Eve has Avatar earned less than $16 million domestically, and the film’s highest earning day ($28.3 million) came more than a week after its release date, a relative rarity for a non-platform release. »

- Brendan Bettinger

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One Title to Rule Them All: Peter Jackson, Patrick Stewart Get Knighted

31 December 2009 7:55 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Call it the Return of the Queen. In a host of end-of-year honors, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson and Star Trek actor Patrick Stewart were both feted with knighthood by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. Jackson, the mastermind behind The Lord of the Rings trilogy and its final entry, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, which won the most Oscars ever, called the honor given out by the monarch and New Zealand's head of state an "incredible moment." ''I didn't think anything would surpass the 2004 Academy Awards, but I was wrong," the humbled helmer said in a written statement. Must have the precious! Jackson just finished up the »

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Peter Jackson Knighted

30 December 2009 2:21 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Peter Jackson, Saoirse Ronan - The Lovely Bones (Matt Mueller / DreamWorks/Paramount) New Zealand-born Peter Jackson has become Sir Peter Jackson in his native country. Jackson is now a knight as a result of his "services to film." Among the films he’s provided services for are the horror-comedy Braindead (1992); Heavenly Creatures (1994), Kate Winslet’s feature-film debut; the 2005 King Kong remake, starring Naomi Watts; and the adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Jackson’s latest, The Lovely Bones, starring Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Saoirse Ronan, Stanley Tucci, and [...] »

- Anna Robinson

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Lisa Schwarzbaum's 10 best movies of the decade

30 December 2009 11:49 AM, PST | EW.com - The Movie Critics | See recent EW.com - The Movie Critics news »

It's almost New Year's Eve. I'm ready. Let's party! 1. There Will Be Blood (2007), Paul Thomas Anderson. The entire decade, summed up in a singular American masterpiece. 2. Sideways (2004), Alexander Payne. The decade's most adult film about men and women. 3. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), Peter Jackson. The grand conclusion to the decade's best epic. 4. Yi Yi (2000), Edward Yang. The decade's most beautiful family story. 5. The New World (2005), Terrence Malick. The decade's most imaginative history lesson. 6. Zodiac (2007), David Fincher. The decade's most unnerving crime story. 7. The Dark Knight (2008), Christopher Nolan. The decade's best comic-book adaptation. 8. The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005), Cristi Puiu. »

- Lisa Schwarzbaum

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Watch AMC's Script-To-Screen Crew Run Down The Best Films Of The Decade

30 December 2009 6:54 AM, PST | AMC - Script to Screen | See recent AMC - Script to Screen news »

 Another year has come and gone, and with it the first decade of the 2000's (whatever happened to Y2K anyway?).  With the decade drawing to a close, we here at Script-To-Screen thought we'd put together a list of what we found to be the very best films over the last 10 years.

Each of us (Myself, Kellvin and Christina) assembled a list of the 10 films we thought were the cream of the crop.

So take a look at the video below and then hop in the comments section to let us know what you think.

So to recap:

John's List (In no particular order)

Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King

Ratatouille

Wall-e

Up

The Departed

The 40 Year Old Virgin

There Will Be Blood

Moulin Rouge

A Beautiful Mind

Gladiator

Kellvin's List (In no particular order)

City of God

Casino Royale

Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Memento

Moulin Rouge! »

- John Campea

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Poll: Will 'Avatar' win best drama picture at the Golden Globes?

29 December 2009 6:45 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

"Avatar" may be beloved by film critics (83 score at Metacritic) and moviegoers ($232 million at box office), but what about voters at Hollywood awards? At the Golden Globes, "Avatar" is nominated for best drama picture against "The Hurt Locker," "Inglourious Basterds," "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" and "Up in the Air." Members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association love it, but it's not their typical choice for winner. Usually, they prefer more snooty stuff like recent champs "Slumdog Millionaire," "Atonement," "Babel," "Brokeback Mountain" and "The Aviator." However, Golden Globes voters did choose a box office fantasy six years ago — "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" — »

- tomoneil

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Avatar Earns 19.4 Million on Its 11th Day!

29 December 2009 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

I think the word we're looking for is... "Wow!" James Cameron's Avatar earned yet another $19.4 million domestically on Monday, its 11th day in theaters, which is almost $3 million more than last Monday, when it earned $16.38 million. That amount marks the seventh-biggest Monday of all-time and it pushes the film's domestic total to $232 million. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel came in at #2 for the day with $12 million, followed by Sherlock Holmes at #3 with $11 million. It's going to be interesting to see what number Avatar will be able to reach in North America and worldwide. It looks to have a chance at surpassing The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 's $1.1 billion worldwide to become the second-biggest movie of all-time, trailing only »

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The First Avenger: Captain America Begins Filming in June

28 December 2009 9:04 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

In an interview with The Wolfman director Joe Johnston, Fangoria reports that his next film, The First Avenger: Captain America is set to go in front of cameras in June.  That’s not too surprising when you consider the film has a target release date of July 22, 2011.  According to Fangoria, Johnston is currently meeting with the art department.  I hope they spend an entire day mocking Rob Liefeld’s illustration of Captain America.

There’s also some news about Martin Campbell’s adaptation of Green Lantern so hit the jump to learn about some of the great production crew who are on board.

SuperHeroHype reports that Green Lantern will have some Oscar-winners in its roster when it comes to the behind-the-camera work.  First up, you have cinematographer Dion Beebe (Oscar-winner for Memoirs of a Geisha).  Then you got production designer Grant Major and costume designer Ngila Dickson who both won »

- Matt Goldberg

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IMDb, RottenTomatoes: Movies of the Decade

27 December 2009 2:29 PM, PST | newsinfilm.com | See recent newsinfilm news »

At the end of the year, and especially the decade, you’re inundated with enough top lists that they themselves should be ranked.  Plenty of other websites and other media outlets have been counting down basically the same best movies, which is partially the reason I spared you the numbered trips down memory lane.  (But before I write myself into a hypocritical corner, I’ll still be doing my traditional top movies of the year list.  Hint: New Moon isn’t on it)

That being said, here are two definitive lists of note that highlight what was critically lauded this decade on RottenTomatoes.com and what the movie fans and voters on IMDb.com felt were the best the aughts had to offer.  Slashfilm compiled the top 20 from Rt and they snatched up the top 25 off IMDb for your look at how the decade fared in movies.

There are a few surprises on both lists, »

- Jeff Leins

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IMDb’s Top 25 Movies Of The Decade

27 December 2009 8:35 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

As compiled by SlashFilm… IMDb’s top 25 films of the decade, as voted by IMDb’s millions of users. And as SlashFilm noted, it might be easy for any of us to immediately dismiss this list as nothing but fanboy and fangirl contributions, however, this is definitely the largest sampling of opinions of all the other best of lists that we’ve seen so far, and will ever see… until some other site comes along that trumps IMDb in terms of user numbers.

So, here they are, accompanied by the year of release and number of votes received. They are ranked based on a combination of total votes and overall rating (which I didn’t include). So there are films that have more votes than others before them, but rank lower on the list due to their overall rating:

1. The Dark Knight (2008) 410,450

2. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King »

- Tambay

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Avatar Has Best Christmas Eve

25 December 2009 7:38 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

According to the Box Office Mojo single-day chart for Thursday, James Cameron’s sci-fi adventure Avatar grossed an estimated $11.3 million on Dec. 24. Looking at their charts, Avatar had the best non-weekend (Mon.-Thu.) Christmas Eve earnings ever (not adjusted for inflation). When it comes to single-day rankings, Avatar’s Thursday grosses were enough to land it in the #39 slot. The Thursday record holder remains Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, which had its Day 1 on a Thursday in May 2005. (Yesterday was Avatar’s Day 7.) As for Thursdays in December, six movies hold higher rankings than Avatar. They are: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Day 2 at #12 and Day 9 [...] »

- Michelle Hutton

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Top 10 Action/Adventure Movies of the Decade

23 December 2009 5:08 AM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

The ReelzChannel 100 began when we asked Leonard Maltin for his favorite Hidden Gems of the decade. His list led the web team into a general discussion about the best movies of the decade and — after no small amount of debate, arguing, and (we're not proud to say) some petty name-calling — we decided we'd better bring it to an end with a company-wide vote. Then it was just a matter of tallying up the votes and hoping for the best. Lucky for us, ReelzChannel is filled with a staff ranging from movie lovers to movie fanatics. What turned out isn't what you'll find on a critic's best of list — instead it's what movie fans really enjoyed.

In day three of the ReelzChannel 100, we highlight the Top 10 Action/Adventure Movies of the Decade.

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Kill Bill: Vol. 1 | The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring »

- reelz reelz

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Flickchart’s Top 20 Films of the Decade As Decided By Users

23 December 2009 12:52 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

I'm not nearly as in love with the social movie ranking site Flickchart as other movie fans, but I can admit that they've sort of struck gold with their concept. Not only is that movie comparison data fun to share with your friends, but it also gives the site a lot of data to explore site-wide trends as well, such as this chart showing the most-liked films of the 2000s from the site's 40,000 users. Today on their blog, Flickchart narrowed down that list, and provided some stats on what exactly makes those films the top twenty of the decade to their users. Here's Flickchart's top ten from that list (check out the rest here): 10) Wall-e 9) Memento 8) No Country for Old Men 7) The Departed 6) Kill Bill, Vol. 1 5) The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 4) The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 3) Batman Begins 2) The Lord of »

- Devindra Hardawar

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10 Must-Own DVDs (and Blu-rays) from the Decade

22 December 2009 6:56 AM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

The ReelzChannel 100 began when we asked Leonard Maltin for his favorite Hidden Gems of the decade. His list led the web team into a general discussion about the best movies of the decade and — after no small amount of debate, arguing, and (we're not proud to say) some petty name-calling — we decided we'd better bring it to an end with a company-wide vote. Then it was just a matter of tallying up the votes and hoping for the best. Lucky for us, ReelzChannel is filled with a staff ranging from movie lovers to movie fanatics. What turned out isn't what you'll find on a critic's best of list — instead it's what movie fans really enjoyed.

In day two of the ReelzChannel 100, we highlight the 10 best DVDs and Blu-rays from the past decade.

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Link | Posted 12/22/2009 by reelz

Watchmen | The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring »

- reelz reelz

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Movie franchises pay dividends at U.K. b.o.

22 December 2009 6:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

London -- A glance at the top 20 pictures in U.K. cinemas from 2000-09 confirms that for Hollywood and beyond, a successful franchise really is the golden goose laying the eggs.

Research released by the Film Distributors' Association Tuesday shows that 19 of the top 20 were established franchises or at least the initial goose laying one up.

The one exception is the No. 1 hit of the past nine years, "Mamma Mia!" with boxoffice receipts of £69.1 million ($110.7 million).

All six "Harry Potter" titles released to date feature in the list, alongside the two most recent James Bond outings ("Casino Royale," "Quantum of Solace") starring Daniel Craig and the screen debut of Bridget Jones, "Bridget Jones's Diary."

All installments of "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy are ranked in the top five, while the first "Chronicles of Narnia" adventure, "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," also appears in the top 20.

The Fda »

- By Stuart Kemp

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What Are the Movies You Identify With the Holidays?

21 December 2009 2:02 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

There are holiday movies -- White Christmas, Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, Love Actually. There are unconventional holiday movies like Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang that true film fans dust off and play right alongside Bing Crosby. And then there are the movies that have absolutely nothing to do with the holiday season, but have powerful memories of the holly and the ivy. This is where you can tell me (and the world of Cinematical readers) just what they are.

Confused? Well, I'll give you mine. The biggest one for me is The Lord of The Rings series. It has absolutely nothing to do with Christmas, but if you can think back to the early years of the '00s, December was when the deluge of advertising began. They all had release dates of the third weekend in December, and the thrill just carried on through »

- Elisabeth Rappe

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Avatar Weathers Winter Storms for Top Finish

20 December 2009 3:56 PM, PST | newsinfilm.com | See recent newsinfilm news »

James Cameron and 20th Century Fox’s Avatar won the weekend box office despite heavy snowstorms that slowed audiences in the northeast.  At least that’s the angle every other outlet is taking on its slightly lower start.  It’s the snow’s fault.

The visual effects epic posted an estimated $73 million domestic, the second largest December opening behind Will Smith’s I Am Legend ($77M) and beating Oscar juggernaut The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King ($72M).  Those two ultimately grossed upwards of $250M in the U.S. alone and analysts are expecting at least that in final numbers.

The opening is the largest 3D weekend ever and the biggest debut for James Cameron, whose Titanic remains the highest grossing movie of all time.

Cameron’s expensive 3D movie added another $159.2 million overseas for a whopping worldwide total of $232 million, a massive opening for a non-sequel. »

- Jeff Leins

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Weekend Box Office: Animated Aliens Make Cameron Rich

20 December 2009 12:42 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

This weekend was full of anticipation. Some were wondering how good James Cameron's Avatar was going to be. Others were just wondering how many people were going to turn out to see it. As a sci-fi movie chock full of giant, blue animated aliens there was some doubt as to whether the masses would open their minds, and their wallets to give it a chance. Not only was it number one with a bang, Avatar's $73 million weekend debut was the largest ever for a Cameron helmed flick, beating out the $31 million for the rated-r Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Assuming this weekend's estimates hold, it will also mark the second largest-ever December opening, just beating out The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King's $72.6 million. I Am Legend holds the top December debut spot with the $77 million it banked last two years ago. There's still no »

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‘Avatar’ opens to $232 million worldwide

20 December 2009 10:18 AM, PST | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

We’ll keep this brief, but numbers like these are rare and worth noting. Nikki Finke says that in spite of the snowstorms in the North East, Avatar passes The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King »

- Ryan Adams

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Box Office: Snowstorms keeps 'Avatar's' debut to only $73 million

20 December 2009 9:57 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Can the third biggest opening ever in December be disappointing?  When you figure the strong reviews, positive word of mouth and expensive 3-D tickets maybe.  James Cameron's "Avatar" found $73 million for its opening weekend which places it behind "I Am Legend's" $77 million and "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King's" $72 million debuts.  Most surprisingly, "Avatar" dropped Friday to Saturday 5% while the second and third slots this week, "The Princess and the Frog" and "The Blind Side" both had more than a 5% increase.  So, was the bad weather that hammered the Northeast really a »

- Gregory Ellwood

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