"Avatar" Climbs to No. 2 at All-Time Box Office

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    "Avatar" topped $1 billion at the box office, and is on pace to break the record set by "Titanic."

    James Cameron is the king of the world once more.

    "Avatar," his first movie since 1997's $1.8 billion-grossing "Titanic," has become the second-highest-grossing film ever, according to The Hollywood Reporter – giving the director with the top two spots.

    As of Wednesday, the 3D epic has reportedly notched $1.14 billion in worldwide grosses, topping previous No. 2 "The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King." The film is only the fifth ever to top the $1 billion mark.

    "Avatar's" prolific run has occurred over a mere three weeks, leaving the hefty record of "Titanic" still potentially in its sights.

    And in other good news for the sci-fi film, on Thursday, James Cameron was named one of five directors nominated for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film at the DGA Awards. His competitors include ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow ("The Hurt Locker"), Lee Daniels ("Precious"), Jason Reitman ("Up In The Air") and Quentin Tarantino ("Inglorious Basterds").

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