Anjali Datar (centre) with her children Anuj (left) and Manali watch the credits roll after seeing Avatar, now the highest grossing film of all time.
Anjali Datar (centre) with her children Anuj (left) and Manali watch the credits roll after seeing Avatar, now the highest grossing film of all time. MEGAN LEWIS

Avatar worlds best blockbuster

EVEN after a month on screen, it seems Rockhampton movie-goers can’t get enough of Avatar.

And clearly, they’re not alone.

Director James Cameron broke his own record this week, with the sci-fi epic toppling his earlier film Titanic to become history’s highest-grossing movie.

Birch, Carroll and Coyle Rockhampton general manager Kylie Burgess said the film, which started screening on December 17, had defied all expectations.

“To take only 22 days to break a record that has stood for 12 years is unbelievable,” she said.

“I think it will run for at least another couple of weeks; it’s still the number one film in Rockhampton and around Australia.”

Avatar has been the biggest film ever screened at the Rocky cinemas, edging out blockbusters like Shrek 2 and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

“We’ve been getting audiences from across all age groups; primarily it’s people aged 15 to 50, but we’ve been seeing a lot of families and a lot of seniors,” Kylie said.

And devoted Rocky fans haven’t just been watching the film once.

“Every time there’s a group of people going to see Avatar, I’ll ask them if this is their first time,” Kylie said.

“Usually, at least one person in the group will say they’ve seen it before and now they’ve brought their friends to see it.”

Avatar is the story of crippled Marine Jake Scully (played by Sam Worthington), who’s given a new body to allow him to spy on the Na’vi, a tribe of blue-skinned aliens.

The film takes place on a moon called Pandora, and is brought to life using revolutionary special effects.

“I’ve actually heard reports about people feeling quite depressed after leaving the film because they wished Pandora was real,” Kylie said.

Anjali, Manali and Anuj Datar were among the movie buffs watching the film at Birch, Carroll and Coyle this week.

Mum Anjali said Avatar’s 162-minute running time hadn’t deterred her.

“It was long, but I’m from India, so I’m used to that,” she said.

Titanic was the same, and it’s the same director, so I was expecting it.”

Manili, 12, said she thought the movie was “awesome”.

“I liked how they bridged the gap between the aliens and the humans,” she said.

“None of the things (in the film) exist yet, so it’s good to see what they can imagine.

Avatar’s world-wide ticket sales reached $1.86 billion last Monday, surpassing Titanic’s $1.84 billion (including $58.8 million in Australia).

Top 10 Movies in Rockhampton

1. Avatar 3D

2. Shrek 2

3. Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen

4. Twilight Saga: New Moon

5. Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Mans Chest

6. Finding Nemo

7. Australia

8. Shrek 3

9. Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King

10. Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End



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