That’s impressive, but nowhere near the all-time opening day record. Across its first weekAvatarended up bringing in $137 million in domestic box office, just the 28th largest opening week. Yet, what was incredible about Avatar was how the film’s momentum continued togrowacross its run. Most blockbusters lose 50% of their box office gross in the second weekend and continue dwindling each and every week until they leave theaters. Avatarlost just 1.8% in its second weekend, its third weekend brought in $68.5 million, a drop of just 11% from its opening weekend. It set the box office record for largest third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh weekends. In multiple weekends, it actually grew from the prior week. It stayed at number one at the box office fora mind-boggling8 consecutive weeks. Add it all up, andAvatarended up breaking the domestic record for largest total box office with a lifetime gross of $761 million. In international markets it brought in more than $2 billion at the box office, bringing its worldwide total to nearly $2.8 billion, another box office record. Only one other recent movie had a comparable run –Titanicstayed at number one at the box office for an astounding 17 consecutive weeks. It’s second all-time at the box office with a worldwide lifetime gross just south of $2.2 billion. Adjusted for inflation,Titanicwould be closer to $4 billion in global box office. Clearly, breaking the box office record won’t be easy. BothAvatarandTitanicfall in the “maybe once every decade” cultural sensation category. Each film was “must see” in theaters, and both rode a wave of buzz and word of mouth. Yet, records are made to be broken, andAvatar’s box office record is no different.
The case of the missing Apple TV movies
Itand other movies Ive rippedare gone! What happened to them? With the latest iTunes and Apple TV, Apple categorizes such movies (any variety of video that wasnt obtained from the iTunes Store) as home videos. When you select Computers on your Apple TV you will see an entry for Home Videos as the fourth item in the media list. If you select that item and then click the remotes Select button, all your ripped movies should appear. If, like me, you find it a bit silly to separate your Apple-purchased movies from those youve ripped (and yes, you should do this only with discs that you own), you can correct this behavior. To do so, youll need to change the media type for these movies from Home Video to Movies. There are a couple of ways to do this in iTunes. The first is to select Movies in iTunes, click the Home Videos heading in the main window, select everything in that window, press Command-I, click the Options tab, choose Movie from the Media Kind pop-up menu, and click OK. Changing the media type of multiple “home videos.” I find this method a little clumsy because there may be smaller moviesmovies of the family that youve created with iMovie, for examplethat really are home videos. Use the method I just described and that stuff gets mixed in with your Hollywood hits. What I would suggest instead is that you choose File > New > Smart Playlist and in the window that appears configure the one and only condition to read Media Kind Is Home Video and click OK. Youll be presented with a list of all the videos in your iTunes Library tagged as home videos. Now click the Time column heading twice so that the movies with the greatest length appear at the top.
A month of spooky movies
12: Wait Until Dark (1967) Based on the play by Frederick Knott , Wait Until Dark is a taut thriller about a blind woman who is besieged in her apartment by criminals who are searching for drugs they believe are hidden in her apartment. A stunning and vulnerable lead performance from Audrey Hepburn (for which she was nominated for an Oscar) is balanced by the brilliant malevolence of Alan Arkin and Richard Crenna as the ruthless criminals intent on finding their prize. One of the most tense final acts in thriller history, Wait Until Dark is the rare horror film that will make you reconsider turning the lights ON. Oct. 13: Coraline (2009) Based on the Hugo Award-winning book by author Nail Gaiman (who also wrote the popular graphic novel series Sandman) and directed by The Nightmare Before Christmas visionary Henry Selick, Coraline is a story of a girl who trades in her unhappy home life for a fantastical new world that is much darker and more sinister than she could ever imagine. A film of stunning visuals and brilliant story, with a great voice cast including Dakota Fanning and Ian McShane, the film also has a great message about appreciating the family you have, no matter your disagreements. Oct. 14: The House on Haunted Hill (1959) One of the great haunted house films of the classic era, The House on Haunted Hill was produced and directed by William Castle, a filmmaker long known for his horror gimmicks. In the introduction of the book House on Haunted Hill: A William Castle Annotated Screamplay, director Joe Dante talks about Castles use of Emerg-O for the film, which was little more than swinging a glow-in-the-dark skeleton through the theater over the heads of moviegoers at a particularly frightening moment in the film. Though few in the theaters were likely frightened, the film itself still has some genuine scares and at least one brilliant performance from horrors spookiest voice, Vincent Price. Oct. 15: Escape to Witch Mountain (1975) From the mid-1970s to the late 1980s, Disney released several films that were family-friendly but dark and moody in an attempt to capture the horror and suspense audience. The first of those was the science-fiction thriller Escape to Witch Mountain, based on the novel by Alexander H. Key. A story of two orphan children with mysterious powers who are trying to return to their home (wherever that might be), the cast is full of great actors near the end of their careers; Eddie Albert is the helpful vacationer, and Donald Pleasance and Ray Milland play the villains.