Interesting info on that link, Shir. You know, although the article never goes down that speculative road, it's not too hard to put the early numbers and the likely estimates together, and see that the film certainly has a shot at grossing a billion dollars worldwide in ticket sales alone. Certainly, that's with an optimistic viewpoint, but clearly possible. Wow. Has that ever happened before? Did Avatar hit that mark? It would seem the most likely contender.
Very happy to see Hunger Games chugging along so well. A completely different kind of blockbuster that I'm sure has surpassed its expectations.
And the reviews of THE RAVEN were so poor that I decided to grab the HBkids and catch "THE PIRATES: BAND OF MISFITS" instead (mind you, at 17 & 13 they skew a little old for the target audience), and we were rewarded with just about the most delightfully enjoyable little film you could ever hope to come across. An absolute gem of densely-packed schtick, bits, asides, sight-gags, and in-jokes all supported by terrific voice talent and an absurdly over-the-top, meandering plotline.
Whoops, but don't let me hijack this thread into a Siskel & Ebert forum. . . back to the Avengers, Shir. . .
I believe, HB, Avatar DID hit the Billion Dollar mark. It would do my heart good though (in multiple ways) if Avengers can come close to it, or pass it. I've got class Wednesday night and will be asking my students nicely to go see Avengers, but I think at this point, I've got them pretty well convinced to see it.
I'd love to see Avengers top $1 billion, but I don't see it happening. I don't even see it beating the Hunger Games, actually. According to imdb, 10 movies in hostory have topped $1 billion. The only comic book movie to do so just barely made it, and that was The Dark Knight.