‘Avatar’ Now Second Biggest Movie of All Time

by | January 8, 2010 at 8:17 PM | The Movies

James Cameron now has the top two highest-grossing films of all time. His 1997 phenomenon Titanic is still holding onto the top spot, but the breakneck box office pace of Avatar and its miniscule audience drop-offs has landed his decade-long labor of love into the #2 slot in only 20 days. As far as the domestic top ten goes, it’s just now cracked the list, nudging Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith down to #11.

WORLDWIDE TOP FIVE

1. Titanic – $1.842b
2. Avatar – $1.137b
3. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King – $1.119b
4. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest – $1.066b
5. The Dark Knight – $1.001b

DOMESTIC TOP TEN

1. Titanic – $600.7m
2. The Dark Knight – $533.3m
3. Star Wars – $460.9m
4. Shrek 2 – $441.2m
5. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial – $435.1m
6. Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace – $431m
7. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest – $423.3m
8. Spider-Man – $403.7m
9. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – $402.1m
10. Avatar – $380.5m