Avatar leaves Titanic in its wake at box office
The film Avatar has overtaken Titanic to become the highest grossing of all time.
The 3D adventure took just six weeks to beat Titanic’s $1.843 billion box office total. It has taken around $1.85 billion, according to studio estimates.
Both films were made by James Cameron, the director who was ridiculed when he first divulged his plans to make an eco-blockbuster about a distant planet populated by blue aliens.
The film is tipped to win the best picture Oscar and is expected to feature heavily in the nominations, which are announced next month. It has already set a number of records, becoming the fastest film ever to make $1 billion in global ticket sales.
Although it is officially the highest grosser of all time, Avatar’s box office figures do not take inflation into account. Gone With The Wind grossed $400 million worldwide, which would equate to at least $6 billion in today’s money.
In China, tourism chiefs have cashed in on Avatar’s popularity by renaming a peak Hallelujah Mountain, saying it was the inspiration for the floating mountains featured in the film. The 3,523ft peak is in the Wulingyuan Scenic Zone in Hunan Province and was previously known as the Southern Sky Column.
About 25 minutes of the film was shot there after Hollywood photographers came across the peak during a four-day trip to the region 2008.