James Cameron may've spent $US300 million making Avatar, but he must be feeling pretty pleased today with the news that it made $US232.2 million in the opening weekend at the box office.
$US73 million of that was from the US and Canada, and the remaining $US159.2 million from around the world was bulked up mostly by Russia, France and the UK. In case you're wondering, it didn't break the previous record held by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, nor Modern Warfare 2's $US310 million opening weekend sales. Still - that's a major breakthrough for a 3D film, with Avatar limited by compatible cinemas and inflated ticket prices. [Reuters]