Avatar Tickets for Rs 1,000. Un’Fu*%ing’Believable

We were reading this story about Avatar in the DNA newspaper and zapped to discover that tickets for the much anticipated James Cameron film are being sold for Rs 1,000 ($21.30) for the weekend and Rs 700 ($14.91) on weekdays for the 3D version at theaters like Priya Village Roadshow in Bangalore.

Rs 1,000.00 for a movie ticket in India?


Ticket prices even in the U.S., not even in Manhattan, are that steep.

Wonder what else comes with the ticket in India? 😉

12 Responses to "Avatar Tickets for Rs 1,000. Un’Fu*%ing’Believable"

  1. elnino.aurora   December 17, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Reviews have been largely positive w.r.t. the technology used in the movie.. Also hint on a formulaic storyline.. But I guess this time around (unlike 2012) Cameron has pulled off a super blockbuster despite an unoriginal story. I cant wait to see it. Better review it soon SI. 🙂

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    You write: I cant wait to see it.

    We’ll be watching Avatar in a few hours.

    Got the tickets too in advance (just in case).

    Are you seeing it tonight?

  2. elnino.aurora   December 17, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    Nope.. maybe this weekend sometime, before I pack my bags home to India. I hope this sleepy Texan town doesn’t have a rush for that.

    My earlier booking with BA screwed up for the second time after they announced the strike (which is now withdrawn).(You remember the first time when passengers got the 500 buck fare) As a result of which all passengers flying after Dec 22 and before jan 2 were offered free rescheduling of their trips. Took the chance and got 8 days extra of stay in India. 🙂

    I am never flying BA after this trip. Gosh- they took me for a bad bad ride.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    1. Maybe you should (re)watch Avatar in India with our ‘makkal’ whistling and hooting. Boy, that’s a completely different experience.

    We have 2hrs 34 min to go.

    2. As for the point in your previous comment about the story, yes, several reviewers are ‘gee whiz’ about the special effects but a little ‘ho hum’ about the story.

    No matter, Avatar will likely be a landmark in the annals of motion pictures.

  3. elnino.aurora   December 17, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Yep. My plan is to see it once here at Cinemark, and next week at Sathyam Cinemas. Hope I get lucky. You guys have fun tonight!

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    You write: You guys have fun tonight!

    We most certainly will. 🙂

    Zero Hour can’t come soon enough.

  4. shadowfax_arbit   December 17, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Saw the movie in 3D.

    Somewhat similar to District 9 but I liked District 9 more.

    Visuals were stunning, story was very ordinary, unintentionally funny at times. For the emotions, there is, to a certain extent unlike 2012 but not as much as Titanic. Did you guys like the movie?

    Btw, I went for 250 Rs ticket, not 1000.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    1. You write: Did you guys like the movie?

    No, we haven’t seen the movie yet.

    It’s just 10:01 PM on the East Coast. Two more hours to go for the opening show.

    2. We guess the theater in India was houseful (????).

    What was the audience reaction – shock & awe??

    3. You write: Somewhat similar to District 9 but I liked District 9 more.

    District 9 was a lovely movie. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Was probably filmed on 1/10th or 1/20th the budget of Avatar.

  5. shadowfax_arbit   December 17, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Though story was similar to District 9 I would give credit to Cameron since he has thought of this story way back in 1994.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Apparently, Cameron is the sole writer (usually, Hollywood films including the old gems like Casablanca have multiple writers credited for the script).

  6. shadowfax_arbit   December 17, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    Theatre was houseful (any doubts??)

    Audience reaction was much more than shock and awe. No one went out even during interval.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Guess, you watched it in English and not the Avataram version. 😉

  7. shadowfax_arbit   December 17, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    No Avataram version in Bangalore.

    Hope Avataram is in 3D (Hindi version is not I suppose), if not TN people may sign it off as not as good as Rudram (2012).

    Btw I felt they could have used 3D a little more. Let me know if you felt the same after watching it.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    You write: I felt they could have used 3D a little more. Let me know if you felt the same after watching it.

    Will do.

  8. sganeshkumar1989   December 17, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    The craze is huge here too(Hyderabad).In Prasad’s Multiplex,the Advance Booking for the IMAX 3-D version started from last week and everyday,I find huge crowds waiting in line for the Booking!No question of getting the ticket easily,till the New Year. 🙁

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    (via iPhone)

    Not as many people as we expected but the theater is slowly filling up.

  9. Aswin_Kini   December 18, 2009 at 1:09 am

    I saw Avatar at the Serene theatre in Satyam Cinemas. Although the film has a decent storyline, excellent state-of-the-art special effects, and some good acting by virtual actors, I can’t call it the film of the decade!!!!

    But, Avatar is still one of the best Sci-Fi Movies released during this decade, second to none.

    James Cameron has done a fabulous work and doesn’t disappoint. But he could have worked more on the story though.

    As for the news article posted in DNA, I would like to say that the news is just a HYPE created by the newspaper. We, folks at Chennai, are getting tickets at a decent rate. I saw the first day show at no extra cost. So did my friends. So, the newspapers claims are well unjustified. No idiot is gonna pay 4500 rupees for watching a movie.

    Believe the article at the cost of being labelled insane or idiotic.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    You write above: But, Avatar is still one of the best Sci-Fi Movies released during this decade, second to none.


    The movie is still Paisa Vasool (worth it) as they say in India.

  10. Twig   December 18, 2009 at 1:19 am

    Why is that a surprise ?
    There are people who actually buy Rajnikanth and Chiranjeevi tickets for above Rs.1500. These are people who earn very less in the first place.

    Also, there are theatres in India (atleast I went to Ambani theatre, Great India Place in Noida) where tickets are priced Rs.500, Rs.700 and Rs.1200. I said “Thank you” to the lady (ticket issuer) and quietly left the place.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Rs 1,200 or Rs 1,500 for any movie is way too much. More so for a Chiranjeevi film.

    Day-time shows are usually $6-$8 here.

    We paid $13.25 for Avatar because it was 3D and a late-night show.

  11. shadowfax_arbit   December 18, 2009 at 7:50 am

    @Aswin: As for the news article posted in DNA, I would like to say that the news is just a HYPE created by the newspaper.

    This news is TRUE.

    Ticket rates are cheaper in Chennai but not in Bangalore (though Satyam complex is much better than PVR).

    And it is true that it costs 1000 bucks in PVR and on an average ~300 bucks in the other multiplexes. In fact Urvashi is a normal theatre and the ticket price is 250 Rs.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    For that ticket price (i.e. Rs 1,000) you also ought to get a Masala Dosa from MTR (a legendary Dosa house in B’Lore). 😉

  12. Aswin_Kini   December 18, 2009 at 11:04 am

    @Shadowfax: Oh, so the news is true, yeah. And I thought I was very idiotic to buy SHIVAJI film tickets for Rupees 350. 🙁 I am shocked.

    Really folks, no matter how crazy you are, kindly don’t spend an idiotic amount to watch any film, even if it’s as good as AVATAR.

    @1000 rs: The person could have taken a bus from BLR to Chennai, booked a ticket at Satyam for rs 125, and returned to BLR in the same day.

    The travel cost in a normal bus will cost you around 150 + 150 = 300 plus 125+ 100(Ticket, and Popcorn + Coca Cola) will turn out to be a cheaper bargain!!!!

    I wonder why people shell out that much money to buy a ticket 🙁

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    For some people in India, Rs 1,000 is not a king’s ransom.

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