Reem With A View

"Names and attributes must be accommodated to the essence of things, and not the essence to the names, since things come first and names afterwards." – Galileo

Starman and E.T.

What ELON MUSK and the SPACE X TEAM has done with the successful launch of the Falcon Heavy vehicle was amazing.  More amazing was their use of the Tesla Roadster and a dummy astronaut – STARMAN – as the payload. With live camera feed, this launch captured some magical moments in space with the Earth in the background.
So magical, it reminded me of that famous MOON CYCLE scene from Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster E.T. – The Extra Terrestrial.

See below how closely the moment matches the famous moon cycle scene from ET.

Tesla Roadster flying over the Earth

Tesla Roadster flying over the Earth similar to ET cycling with the Moon in the background.

You can watch the entire video here: Starman Replay – Join SpaceX Falcon Heavy Starman Views From Space


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AVATAR breaks TITANIC’S worldwide box office record

Breaking News (3 Feb 2010):  Brandon Gray of confirms that AVATAR has also broken TITANIC’s Domestic US box office record. Read his comments below:

Avatar has sailed past Titanic to become the highest-grossing movie of all time. In just 47 days, Avatar has grossed $601.1 million, while Titanic made $600.8 million in its entire run and took 252 days to cross the $600 million mark.

With this milestone, Avatar has completed the triple crown of box office gross records: first, it topped the foreign-only chart on Jan. 23, then it reigned over the worldwide chart (foreign plus domestic) on Jan. 25, and now, as of Feb. 2, it resides atop the domestic chart. Its foreign haul has risen to $1.474 billion. Add in domestic, and its worldwide gross stands at an incredible $2.075 billion.

Breaking domestic down, nearly 81 percent of Avatar‘s gross is from 3D presentations. Normal 3D accounts for over 64 percent of the gross, while IMAX 3D accounts for more than 16 percent. That leaves the 2D theaters with an over 19 percent share of the gross.

Check out Brandon Gray’s full report in here: AVATAR claims Highest Gross of All Time.

Update from (1 FEB 2010): AVATAR becomes the first movie to cross the $2 Billion mark.

James Cameron’s done it again! 12 years after he created Titanic which grossed an unprecedented $1.843 Billion in the box office, he has beaten his own record with the release of the  3D spctacle,  Avatar. The movie which took 5 years and $300million to complete, beat Titanic’s  “unsinkable” record  on Jan 26th.

Avatar’s global box office collections now stand at a Pandorian $2.039 Billion.

Brandon Gray’s  report with the 3D ticket breakup in is below:

In a mere 41 days, Avatar overtook Titanic to become the highest-grossing movie ever at the worldwide box office at $1.859 billion ($555 million domestic plus $1.304 billion foreign), compared to Titanic‘s $1.843 billion.

First, the foreign record fell on Saturday, and, by Sunday, Avatar was just $4.4 million behind Titanic. It then added $19.8 million on Monday to push it over the top for the worldwide record. Titanic‘s $600.8 million domestic record is the next in line, and Avatar is poised to pass it within two weeks. What’s more, Avatar is on track to cross the $2 billion mark worldwide by the end of the weekend.

While Titanic still holds the crown in 20 markets, Avatar is the top-grossing movie of all time in 24 markets: China, Russia, Australia, Spain, Hong Kong, Columbia, Czech Republic, Chile, Portugal, Singapore, Ukraine, Hungary, United Arab Emirates, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Dominican Republic, Latvia, Serbia, East and West Africa, Qatar, Jordan, Jamaica and Bahrain. Avatar‘s also on the verge of claiming the all time records in South Korea, Denmark, Austria and New Zealand. However, the countries that are likely out of its reach include India, Japan, Brazil, Argentina, Turkey, Belgium and Finland, and it has a long way to go in France and the United Kingdom.

Avatar‘s 3D presentations have accounted for 72 percent or $1.35 billion of its total gross. Breaking that down, 3D’s domestic share is 80 percent, and its foreign share is 69 percent. That’s far and away the biggest 3D gross ever, and Avatar‘s effectively most people’s first sampling of the new-fangled 3D technology.

Let me add that in India (the land of Bollywood movies, where even big budget summer Hollywood action films usually struggle to get beyond $2-5 million), Avatar has grossed an astonishing $22, 276, 532. This is the biggest collection for any English movie in history of Indian box office. Only Indian movies have done better.

Those interested in Avatar’s country wise break up, please visit

Interestingly, only TWO movies in history have crossed $1 Billion in the non-US markets: Titanic & Avatar, both directed by James Cameron. Avatar is on its way to become the 2nd movie after Titanic to gross $600 Million total in the US.

Check out the report below:

Avatar Box Office Gross

James Cameron's Avatar beats Titanic's box office record

James Cameron seems to be this generation’s George Lucas & Steven Spielberg roller into one!

Am quoting verbatim film critic Scott Mendelson’s blog post in the Huffington Post below, as it captures brilliantly how astonishing a feat this was by James Cameron:

I was sure it would never be done in my lifetime.  I called in the ‘Joe DiMaggio 56-game hitting streak’ of box office records.  But it has been done.  In just 38 days, James Cameron’s Avatar has surpassed the $1.843 billion that James Cameron’s Titanic amassed in its 41 weeks of theatrical play.  We can argue all we want about 3D prices and general ticket price inflation, but this is an incredible feat in in filmgoing era, let alone our splintered generation.  Today’s audiences have far more entertainment options to keep them out of the theaters.  Back in Christmas 1997 and Winter 1998, the Internet was barely in its infancy, bootlegs of any kind were a non-factor, and DVDs barely on the radar.  Just as no one expects the season finale of Lost to match the numbers for the finale of MASH, today’s moviegoers are far more divided and have far more entertainment options that they did even twelve years ago.  I don’t think anyone thought Titanic‘s worldwide record would be topped within a generation.  No one thought it would be done so quickly, and by the same filmmaker no less.  This is absolutely astonishing, all the more so for the fact that it’s not anywhere close to being finished.  While the domestic numbers may be curbed by the inevitable loss of IMAX and 3D screens, the international numbers (which rely far less on 3D and IMAX theaters) have no real ceiling at this point.  Avatar has grossed $1.304 billion in overseas markets alone.  There are only four other movies that have ever grossed even half that in overseas receipts.  Avatar has today grossed $1.859 billion in global grosses.  There are only eight other films that have grossed at least $929 million worldwide, or half that number. Who knows where this movie will stop?  Amazing…

Scott Mendelson

But guess which movies is the greatest in terms of sheer tickets sold (and adjusting for inflation)? Nope, its not Star Wars or ET or even Titanic.  Its the legendary civil war epic ‘Gone With The Wind’ with an estimated 200 Million+ tickets sold!  Check out Kyle Anderson’s quote in

Though “Avatar” takes the raw money title, “Gone With the Wind” remains the sales leader after numbers are adjusted for inflation. According to Box Office Mojo, the numbers become even more dramatic when you take into account the number of tickets sold. Though the statistics are loose, “Gone With the Wind” sold over 202,000,000 tickets during its various theatrical runs, which is 24,000,000 more seats than its nearest competitor moved (that would be the original “Star Wars”). For all its economic success, “Avatar” checks in way down the list with a respectable but not-even-close-to-threatening 76,000,000.

In terms of Inflation Adjusted World wide box office gross, Gone With The Wind’s $ 400 Million (Domestic US: $198,676,459 + Worldwide NonUS: $201,500,000 ) translates into $ 2.99 Billion or more than $1 Billion higher than Titanic and Avatar.

To be fair to James Cameron, Gone With The Wind’s Inflation adjusted number of $2.9 Billion may never be achieved.  Unlike in 1939, modern day audiences have lots of alternative entertainment options like Cable TV, Internet, DVDs, live sports and rock concerts to distract audiences.  Add to this massive piracy thanks to  DVD, VCD, Youtube and Torrent-P2P sites. Taking all these real constraints into account, Avatar’s record is as staggering as Gone With The Wind or Star Wars or ET’s box office record was those days.

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Top 30 Greatest Movies of All Time

Here’s my list (retarded movie critics and film institutes be damned):

1. Titanic

2. Godfather 2

3. The Dark Knight

4. Raiders of the Lost Ark

5. Star Wars

6. Citizen Kane

7. Jurassic Park

8. The Sixth Sense

9. The Matrix

10. Terminator 2

11. 2001 A Space Odyssey

12. Gone With The Wind

13. Godfather 1

14. The Abyss

15. Forrest Gump

16. E.T. The Extra Terrestrial

17. Superman 2 (Richard Donner’s Cut)

18. Cliffhanger

19. Casablanca

20. The Jungle Book (1967 Disney version)

21. Rocky

22. The Departed

23. The Lion King

24. Silence Of The Lambs

25. For A Few Dollars More

26. As Good As It Gets

27. The Ghost And The Darkness

28. The Shawshank Redemption

29. When Harry Met Sally

30. Spiderman 2

Each of the above movies broke new ground.  Will expand to the Top 100 soon.

Foreign films have still not made it, but a chick flick and Michael Douglas did (surprisingly it isn’t Wall Street nor Romancing The Stone…guess which one was his in the above list. )

Johnny Depp? He will be there in the Top 100. So will a host of other legends and classics.

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