Cameron's 'Avatar' closer to sinking his own 'Titanic'


Published: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 9:07 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 9:07 a.m.

NEW YORK — James Cameron's sci-fi thriller "Avatar" edged within a whisker of toppling the all-time box office record of "Titanic" with another weekend as No. 1 in U.S. receipts.

"Avatar" also has pulled in an estimated $1.841 billion in worldwide box office, just a shade behind the 12-year-old record of $1.843 billion for "Titanic," according to the Hollywood Reporter.

"Avatar" pulled in another $36 million at the U.S. box office, ahead of $18.2 million for "Legion" and $17 million for "The Book of Eli," according to Rentrak Corp.

"Avatar" seems nearly certain to break "Titanic's" mark set in 1998 after that historical drama spent more than three months at the top of the U.S. box office.

"Avatar" is distributed by Twentieth-Century Fox, a division of News Corp. MarketWatch, the publisher of this report, also is a division of News Corp.

"Avatar" moved into the weekend within about $50 million of the "Titanic" foreign box-office record of $1.24 billion.

"Avatar" has now eclipsed "The Dark Knight," the 2008 Batman film from Time Warner Inc.'s Warner Brothers unit, for No. 2 all-time on the domestic box-office list.

Box-office prognosticators say it's only a matter of time before "Avatar" tops the "Titanic's" once-seemingly unbeatable U.S. record of $600.1 million.

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