James Cameron’s galactic blue cats have officially overtaken James Cameron’s doomed passenger ship as late Monday night “Avatar” passed the $1.843 billion dollar global haul of “Titanic” to become the highest grossing film of all-time worldwide.
Much of the coin has come from outside the US with “Avatar” racking up $1.29 billion in foreign receipts in 111 markets so far, making it the top international grossing film ever.
Domestically it stands at $551 million, still behind “Titanic” with $600.8 million, but at present rate it’s expected to become the highest grossing film in the US sometime next week.
The big question of course is attendance. With the 3D screening charging a higher price for tickets, many are wondering the key figure of how many actual tickets have been sold. That number is being kept secret for now.
Adjusted for inflation, the film currently sits as the 26th highest domestic grosser of all time – sandwiched between 1978 musical “Grease” and 1965 James Bond film “Thunderball”.