Avatar on Track to Top Titanic as All-Time Grosser


Avatar has sunk Titanic - internationally at least.


James Cameron's sci-fi saga has grossed $1.288 billion in international release, passing the $1.242 billion haul of his 1997 blockbuster, Reuters reports. Currently standing at an overall total $1.841 billion, Avatar, according to studio projections, will eclipse Titanic's worldwide gross of $1.848 billion in the next few days to become the highest-grossing film of all time.


On the domestic front, Avatar secured its sixth-straight week at No. 1, pocketing $36 million. That brings its stateside total to $552.8 million, allowing it to topple The Dark Knight ($533 million) as the second biggest grosser in the U.S. Avatar will now set its sights on dethroning - you guessed it - Titanic ($600.8 million) as the top domestic money-maker. Numbers are not adjusted for inflation.


Opening in second place was the angel-action flick Legion, which took in $18.2 million, and bumped last week's silver medalist, The Book of Eli, to third place ($17 million). The Rock's family film The Tooth Fairy debuted in fourth place with a respectable $14.5 million.


The weekend's other new release, Harrison Ford's medical drama Extraordinary Measures, only mustered up $7 million, good enough for seventh place.


Rounding out the top 10 were: The Lovely Bones (No. 5, $8.8 million); Sherlock Holmes (No. 6, $7.1 million); Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (No. 8, $6.5 million); It's Complicated (No. 9, $6.1 million); and The Spy Next Door (No. 10, $4.7 million).


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