`Avatar` tops $600 million, breaks domestic box-office record held by `Titanic`
by David Germain
LOS ANGELES – James Cameron`s "Avatar" has sailed past his blockbuster "Titanic" to become No. 1 on the all-time North American box-office chart.
"Avatar" climbed to US$601.1 million on Tuesday, putting it a fraction ahead of the $600.8-million haul for "Titanic."
With more than $2 billion worldwide, the Canadian director`s sci-fi sensation shattered the global box-office record of $1.84 billion held by "Titanic" last week.
"When some said to us, `How is it going to feel to knock off `Titanic`? I think our response was, `It`s about time those guys got knocked off their perch,"` said Cameron`s producing partner Jon Landau on Tuesday, after "Avatar" tied for the lead at the Academy Awards with nine nominations, including best picture.
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