Where are those men with the violins when you need them? After news broke that James Cameron‘s Avatar was number one at the box office for the sixth straight week, all eyes went to the record books. Avatar and Titanic are both number one and two on the domestic and the worldwide charts, but within the next few weeks their placement may soon change.
At the moment, Titanic has the largest domestic gross with over 600 million dollars in ticket sales. Its closest competition was the 2008 comic book hit, The Dark Knight which earned 533 million during its U.S. run. But now Batman and company have taken a backseat to Cameron’s Avatar. The movie surpassed Christopher Nolan‘s flick by earning a total of 552 million in just 6 weeks! That’s a lot of money in a short period of time, but most of it can be attributed to the higher ticket costs from the conventional and 3-D venues.
On the worldwide front, Titanic has held the largest international gross for the past 12 years but that’s about to come to an end. Avatar only dropped a mere 16 percent last week at the box office, with a weekend total of 36 million dollars, which would be a decent first week debut, let alone a sixth week showing. There’s less than 7 million dollars separating Titanic‘s worldwide gross of 1, 842.9 billion from Avatar‘s 1, 838.8 billion and at this rate, how long do you think that will last?
It looks like the only person who can beat James Cameron is James Cameron himself.
Do you think Avatar will surpass Titanic’s domestic and worldwide grosses?