There is little doubt that Avatar, or at least the processes and technologies that created it, represents a watershed in the entertainment business. Having seen the movie on Monday I still feel somehow that part of me is still on Pandora, or at least that I really want to go back there for another visit.
The attention that it is receiving in the blogosphere has the potential to be atypical of movie releases (which usually peak on Saturday of the first weekend). The graph below shows a second higher peak on the 22nd, though this may be an artifact of the latency in the data that Blogpulse collects (I'll check back later in the week with an update). The peak itself is not as high as some (Batman, for example, peaked at 1.75 - see other details here).
This graph below for Kung Fu Panda, for example, is more typical:
What is it about the movie that people are talking about? It seems that the 3d aspect is a key driver.
Actor-wise, Sam Worthington leads Weaver and Saldana:
Do you have your tickets? There is a reasonable trend of people blogging about buying their tickets – enough to get me to go and buy mine tomorrow morning (luckily the cinema is in the same building as my office).
Ron Kass, of BoardTracker, kindly sent me a graph of posts in the message board space including the term 'Watchmen’. Compare with the previous post which showed weblog and Twitter attention around the film.
Some may be going to the cinema this weekend to see the new James Bond movie ‘A Quantum of Solace’. Others will be going to see a couple a key trailers for films to be released next year: Watchmen and Star Trek.