AVATAR Officially Takes the Title of All-Time Highest Domestic Box Office Gross

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As of today, James Cameron’s Avatar is officially the highest-grossing domestic film in U.S. history.  The film had smashed past the worldwide record on January 25th and a week later became the first film to break a worldwide box office total of $2 billion.  Today, Avatar broke Titanic’s domestic box office record of $600.8 million by cashing in at $601.2 million in only 47 days.  Of course, there are other factors to consider such as the higher ticket price for a 3D screening and 3D IMAX screenings plus the rate of inflation.  Adjusted for inflation, Avatar has a long way to go to topple the $1.5 billion domestic box office of Gone with the Wind.  It also still has a ways to go to beat Titanic‘s inflated gross of $957 million.

But when you stop to consider that some people were saying how it would never make back its $500 million budget and would be considered a flop no matter what, it’s a stunning accomplishment.  Even more astonishing, the film has no signs of slowing down, especially after racking up nine Academy Award nominations yesterday.




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  • Corin Prendiville

    Yeah I think this movie still has a ways to go, nobody can predict how it will turn out. Titanic got a nice bump in its revenue in week 10 I think it was (probably due to Oscar buzz), which is exactly the progression that this film is taking so it may end up holding up the same as Titanic and for all we know it could surpass Titanic in ticket sales.

    Either way its a bombshell of a success, and since ticket sales have never been a measurement of success in box office history there is no reason to grasp at straws to try to kick down Avatars success.

  • NightAvatar

    I'm pretty pissed about the nine noms but at least Basterds got a few and even Star Trek – which imo deserves more than Avatar but who cares what I think? :)

  • Zach

    just like everyone else who is quick to point out inflation, youre not as quick to point out the amount of time it's taken AVATAR to make as much as it has.. I hate to break it to you, but throw in the little amount of time it's taken Avatar (7 weeks), in this equation and you'll find in reality it has actually rightfully beaten Titanic (18 weeks)… so stop using inflation as a means to discount the accomplishment the movie has made.

  • Zach

    just like everyone else who is quick to point out inflation, youre not as quick to point out the amount of time it's taken AVATAR to make as much as it has.. I hate to break it to you, but throw in the little amount of time it's taken Avatar (7 weeks), in this equation and you'll find in reality it has actually rightfully beaten Titanic (18 weeks)… so stop using inflation as a means to discount the accomplishment the movie has made.

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