As of Saturday, James Cameron’s Avatar only needed $47,991,188 to overtake his own Titanic to become the highest-grossing domestic film of all time, so by the time you read this, America will have made a movie about a paraplegic Marine’s love affair with a CGI blue alien with ghetto braids the Mt. Everest of box office receipts. E! Online reports:
Cameron’s unstoppable Avatar hit $1.29 billion at the international box office, Fox said today, passing Cameron’s Titanic mark of $1.24 billion to set the new record. By Monday, the studio estimates, Avatar will top Titanic’s worldwide gross of $1.848 billion to become Earth’s biggest money-maker of all-time. And, no, the film is not stopping there. Within a week to a week-and-a-half, Fox guestimated, the 3D- and IMAX-powered Avatar should swipe Titanic’s last remaining major record: all-time domestic champ. Avatar, which grossed $36 million domestically Friday-Sunday, and, oh, by the way, led the box office for a sixth straight weekend, is now at $552.8 million on that ledger. On Saturday, it blew past The Dark Knight for second place on the domestic list. Titanic’s once-believed unbeatable $600.8 million will be the next to go. Rose and Jack, we hardly knew ye. “Milestones like this are great,” calm and composed Fox exec Chris Aronson said today. “It’s part of an amazing ride the film has taken us on. [But] this film is still just captivating audieces on global basis.” So, to answer the question, you celebrate becoming the world’s No. 1 film after you’re finished being the world’s No. 1 film.