With its brave new world of special effects and epic storytelling, James Cameron's Avatar is well on its way to sinking the box office records Titanic left in its wake. In only four weeks, Avatar has raked in nearly $1.5 billion, making it the second-highest-grossing movie in history behind Cameron's own Titanic.
Set in the future on a moon named Pandora, Avatar tells the story of man's attempts to trick an indigenous population into letting humans mine a precious resource. Every second of this nearly three-hour epic story was born in Cameron's imagination. With a team of 3,000 people and 10,000 computers, Cameron pushed the limits of filmmaking and helped invent new 3D technology to bring his fantasy world to life. Four and a half years later, Cameron's vision became a reality on the big screen.
Avatar also prompted Oprah and Stedman to do something they haven't tried since the 1990s—go to the movies! "We haven't been out to a movie since Dances with Wolves. That is the honest to the goodness truth," she says. "All I can say after seeing this movie [is] 'wowie kazowie.' I have never seen anything like that movie."