“There are probably around 2200 ‘real’ VFX shots in the final picture,” states Janek Sirrs. “But the stereo conversion also meant that we had to pre-render all the traditional optical [digital these days] effects – dissolves, re-times – as well, so they also ended going through the VFX pipeline. Ultimately, it felt like the majority of the movie had some sort of VFX component to it.” The cinematic predecessors featuring Avenger team members Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and Black Widow influenced the look of the epic comic book movie. “It was more important that the characters had some sort of continuity with those seen in the previous movies than the VFX work per se. Marvel has very definite plans for their superheroes, both in their own individual movies, and in the ensemble pieces such asThe Avengersthat we need to make sure that we’re supporting. That said it was invaluable being able to use the earlier movies as glorified ‘test material’ for The Avengers, and being able to discuss pros and cons of various techniques with their respective supervisors; this meant we didn’t waste precious time and resources reinventing the wheel, or choosing approaches that ultimately wouldn’t prove fruitful. For myself, my time onIron Man 2 was a great help in understanding stylistically what could be achieved successfully with the Iron Man suit.”
Avengers Assemble (aka Marvel’s The Avengers) is now the fourth biggest money-spinner worldwide in the all-time international box office list, leaping up five places since last week.
In its third weekend in North America it maintained the number one position with another $55.1 million , defeating three new movies all which did disappointing business (Battleship – $25.3 million, The Dictator– $24.4 million, What To Expect When You’re Expecting – $10.5 million). Internationally, the film scooped a further $56 million, bringing its cumulative total to $1.180.4 billion.
This makes the currently list of all time-time, worldwide box-office blockbusters look like this:
1 Avatar Fox $2,782.3 2 Titanic Paramount $2,185.2 3 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 WB $1,328.1 4 Avengers Assemble Disney $1,180.4 5 Transformers: Dark of the Moon Paramount $1,123.7 6 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Newline $1,119.9 7 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest Disney $1,066.2 8 Toy Story 3 Disney $1,063.2 9 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Dissney $1,043.9 10 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace Fox $1,027.0 11 Alice in Wonderland (2010) Disney $1,024.3 12 The Dark Knight Warner Bros $1,001.9 13 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Warner Bros $974.8 14 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End Disney $963.4 15 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 Warner Bros $956.4 16 The Lion King Disney $951.6 17 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Warner Bros $939.9 18 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Warner Bros $934.4 19 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Newline $926.0 20 Shrek 2 Dreamworks $919.8
Avengers should be able to move into third position, but then it’s a real uphill struggle to beat the two Cameron movies. But hey, we’re just being greedy now.