This is something I figured wouldn’t happen for a long long time, but if it was going to happen, I’m not surprised that it was James Cameron that was able to achieve this…
It hasn’t overtaken Titanic in the U.S., but I’m sure that’ll happen within the next week or two…I bet Avatar makes it to 2 billion…
Avatar Tops Titanic at the Worldwide Box OfficeSource:20th Century FoxJanuary 26, 2010
After just 39 days in theaters, James Cameron’s Avatar surpassed Cameron’s own Titanic on Monday, January 25th at the worldwide (U.S., Canada and international) box office to become the highest-grossing film of all time.
Avatar has reached $1,858,866,889 while Titanic earned $1,843,201,268 total.
The domestic (U.S. and Canada) total now stands at $554,981,691, which still trails Titanic‘s $600,788,188, but probably not for long. Internationally (outside of US and Canada), the film has reached $1,303,885,198 compared to Titanic‘s $1,242,413,080.
“We are deeply gratified that so many millions of people around the globe have embraced ‘Avatar,'” said Fox in a statement. “Its success results from the efforts of literally thousands of people, who, over the course of several years, worked to bring James Cameron’s vision of Pandora to life. The themes of protecting the environment, respecting life, and yearning for a peaceful planet have united moviegoers worldwide. We’re very proud of, and grateful to, James Cameron, his amazing and dedicated team, and all the many people at Fox, who worked so long and so hard to achieve this milestone.”
Remember, it took Titanic its entire run (which was almost an entire 10 months) to obtain the 1.8 billion in world wide ticket sales. Its taken Avatar less then 40 to do just that…crazy!