James Cameron’s Avatar is officially more successful than James Cameron’s Titanic—at least when it comes to North America. The Oscar-nominated sci-fi hit beat out Titanic this week, reaching $601.1 million, which just beats out $600.8 million held by Titanic.
It also beat out the previously held $1.84 billion worldwide sales, making $2 billion at the box office. Cameron's producing partner Jon Landau said in a statement, "When some said to us, 'How is it going to feel to knock off 'Titanic'? I think our response was, 'It's about time those guys got knocked off their perch.’”
"Lightning is not supposed to strike twice. And it has. And it's a pinch-me moment when you sit there and you hear that we're going to break another record. It's beyond anything that we could have imagined," he said.
Below are the Top 10 domestic box office champs of all time according to Box Office Mojo:
1. Avatar, $601.1 million
2. Titanic, $600.8 million
3. The Dark Knight, $533 million
4. Star Wars, $461 million
5. Shrek 2, $441 million
6. E.T., $435 million
7. Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace, $431 million
8. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, $423 million
9. Spider-Man, $404 million
10. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, $402 million