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`Avatar` closer to toppling `Titanic`

By January 25, 2010Newswires

`Avatar` closer to toppling `Titanic`
Film tops domestic rankings for six straight weekends
by Carl DiOrio

Monday is the day "Avatar" flies past "Titanic" in its historic global journey.

James Cameron`s latest big-screen epic exits the weekend with an estimated $1.841 billion in worldwide boxoffice, just a shade behind the record $1.843 billion rung up by the filmmaker`s "Titanic" in 1997-98. So there is little doubt that Monday`s domestic and overseas boxoffice will combine to write the worldwide tally for "Avatar" into industry annals.

"Audiences still are going in record numbers around the world to experience this remarkable film," Fox senior vp domestic distribution Chris Aronson said.

As for its theatrical performance in the latest session, "Avatar" became the first film since "Titanic" to top domestic rankings for six straight weekends, ringing up $36 million to push cumulative boxoffice to $552.8 million. "Titanic" took in a total $600.8 million domestically.

Internationally, "Avatar" cume reached $1.29 billion in the latest frame, surpassing the $1.24 billion foreign tally for "Titanic."

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