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

Thursday, Jan 7, 2010  |  Updated 7:00 PM CDT
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"Avatar" Climbs to No. 2 at All-Time Box Office

20th Century Fox

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

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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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