Avatar rakes in $73m in the US

Titanic director James Cameron's Avatar, the 3D film hyped as a giant leap in cinematic prowess, earned an estimated $73m (£45m) during its first weekend at the North American box office, distributor 20th Century Fox said yesterday. The opening for the costly sci-fi film fell short of industry forecasts in the $85m range. But News Corp said the tally beat its own projections.