Tuesday, January 26, 2010

"Avatar" is named The Top-Grossing Film of All Time

Critics of the widely promoted and current box office champ "Avatar" dropped their jaws as the film, in 6 weeks, demolished a record previously held by its own director, James Cameron (January 26).

As of Sunday, the anticipated Oscar contender fell $2 million behind "Titanic's" blockbuster record, $1.843 billion, held since 1997.** Worldwide ticket sales from Monday later blew "Titanic's" record out of the water, making its overall sales $1.844 billion-plus. This feat makes "Avatar" the top-grossing film of all time.

It is reported that James Cameron is one of few directors to hold two of the top-grossing films in recorded history.

However, for Cameron to top "Gone With the Wind" ---the number one movie of all time in all other accounts---his blockbuster film would have to make an estimated $6 billion,*** equivalent to the front-runner's $400 million made between 1939 and 1940.


**1) http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-ct-box-office25-2010jan25,0,1215314.story
***2) http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/01/26/earlyshow/leisure/boxoffice/main6142354.shtml
***3) Photo: http://vinyarb.com/joomla/images/stories/avatar_james_cameron.jpg

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