|James Cameron's "Avatar" Becomes the Highest-Grossing Film Worldwide|
the character Neytiri, voiced by Zoe Saldana, right, and the character Jake, voiced by Sam Worthington are shown in a scene from, "Avatar." Cameron's "Avatar" has shot past "Star Wars" to become the No. 3 movie on the all-time domestic box office charts. Next stop: "The Dark Knight." Cameron's science-fiction saga took in US$41.3 million over the weekend, raising its domestic total to US$491.8 million. Worldwide, "Avatar" has grossed US$1.5 billion. AP Photo/20th Century Fox, File.
LOS ANGELES, CA (AP).- James Cameron is king of the world again.
20th Century Fox said Tuesday that the director's sci-fi spectacle, "Avatar," has passed his shipwreck saga "Titanic" to become the highest-grossing film worldwide.
As of Monday, "Avatar" had brought in $1.859 billion at the box office, passing the $1.843 billion worldwide record set by 1997's "Titanic."
"Titanic" remains the highest-grossing film domestically at $600.8 million.
"Avatar" has been No. 1 at the box office for six straight weeks with a domestic total of $554.9 million. It shot down "The Dark Knight" on Saturday to become the second highest-grossing film domestically.
"Avatar" has also mined $1.3 billion in international ticket sales, smashing the $1.24 billion mark previously set by "Titanic."
20th Century Fox is owned by News Corp.
Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.
January 27, 2010
James Cameron's "Avatar" Becomes the Highest-Grossing Film Worldwide
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