Remember a month ago when we were having conversations questioning if Avatar was going to earn its money back? If they film could cross $600 million worldwide? Would the movie be a success? Would audiences really go see this movie with ten foot tall blue cat people?

James Cameron‘s Avatar has crossed the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office in just 17 days, surpassing Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight to become #4 of all time. By the end of the week, the film is expected to surpass Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King to become the #2 worldwide release of all time. Of course, for now, Cameron’s Titanic remains seated at #1. James Cameron has become the first director to have two films earn $1 Billion. And by the end of the week, it should be up to $3 billion total between the two movies.

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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of 2009

The above graph is from ChartsBin, showing the top 10 most pirated movies of 2009. The list, which was collected by Torrent Freak from several sources, is pretty odd. It’s not surprising that big Hollywood blockbusters like Star Trek and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen topped the list, but who would have thought that a film like Guy Ritchie’s Rocknrolla would end up at #3?

Also surprising is that X-Men Origins: Wolverine ended up at at the bottom of the list, at #9, even though a workprint of the film infamously hit the internet a month before the theatrical release. Alex Proyas’ Knowing places #10, which is probably a good example of a movie that people had an interest in seeing (especially after some of the WTF buzz) but weren’t willing to pay for.

How do films end up on the internet? Free Love Forum has posted a faux behind the scenes documentary of the revolutionary new bootleg of the revolutionary new movie — James Cameron’s Avatar. Watch the video, embedded after the jump.

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VOTD: How Transformers 2 Should Have Ended


You knew it was bound to happen, the guys at How It Should Of Ended have finally gotten to Michael Bay’s Sci-fi action sequel Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. There are so many ways Revenge of the Fallen should have ended. After the jump you can watch a video with a handful of possibilities.

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Paramount Pictures has decided to not invite critics to the nationwide screenings of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, in what one might suspect is an attempt to quash bad reviews. A very targeted select group of online outlets were chosen to screen the film (were any women invited?), and the buzz coming out of their reports has been surprising – the movie isn’t horrible, it might even be a little fun. So why isn’t Paramount screening GI Joe to press if the few critics that did see the film enjoyed it? It’s a question that has been the subject of conversation in the movie geek circles on Twitter last week.

But the bigger question is… does not screening a film for critics mean that a movie is bad? In today’s by the numbers, I take a look at the films released over the last year that were not screened for critics. And by not screened, I should clarify — I mean outside of NY/LA junket screenings.

The graph above shows the 16 films from the last 12 months that weren’t screened for critics nationwide. Click on the image to enlarge.

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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen has just passed $600 million at the worldwide box office, despite mostly really bad reviews. This is nothing new. Mainstream audiences don’t listen to the critics, and big screen spectacle will almost always win over quality entertainment. Nothing was going to stop me from seeing the movie, not all the bad reviews in the world. It’s an event movie — and I needed to see it for myself. It should be noted that box office should never be looked at as an indication of the mainstream public’s thoughts on a movie (it sold tons of tickets so the mainstream public must’ve loved it) but only an indication of the hype (and in later weeks, possibly word of mouth).

The success of Transformers 2 got me thinking. What is the worst reviewed box office success of all time? Could it be Revenge of the Fallen? Find out what I’ve uncovered after the jump.
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transformers 2 imax poster bigIn this episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley share their feelings on an Uncharted movie; get excited about a Facebook film based on Ben Mezrich’s new book; try not to think about the American Werewolf in London remake; mourn the passing of an influential pop star; and find there’s a lot less to Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen than meets the eye. Special guest Eric Vespe (AKA Quint) from Aint It Cool News joins us.

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Transformers 2

After Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen‘s monstrous 5-day domestic box office take of $201.2 million, Dreamworks/Paramount is going to want to fast track a third film into production and strike while the iron is hot. But will Bay hold up the big giant robots return to the big screen?
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Transformers 2

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen has earned an estimated $201.2 million, besting Spider-Man 2‘s $152.4 million to become the second biggest five day domestic gross of all time.

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