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Discuss: Can 'The Avengers' Catch James Cameron on the All-Time Box Office Charts?

By: Sean OConnell on June 4, 2012 at 2:43PM Comments (8)

 

 
As it turns out, James Cameron is a far more worthy opponent for Joss Whedon’s The Avengers than Loki. 
 
Box office estimates from the weekend dropped Avengers down to No. 3 on the Top 10 list. But that isn’t the only third-place finish for the still-rampaging blockbuster … nor is it the most significant. By pushing its overall cume to $1.3 billion worldwide and $552.9 million domestically, The Avengers has surpassed Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight to become the third-highest-grossing film in the world. 
 
Wow. 
 
Here’s something even more staggering: Cameron gets credit for the two films ahead of The Avengers, namely Titanic and Avatar. Can you imagine that one filmmaker has delivered the two highest-grossing films of all time? That stat blows my mind. 
 
Now for the big question: Can The Avengers ever catch up to, or even surpass, either of Cameron’s two blockbusters? 
 
Whedon’s film, in my opinion, has a pretty good shot at topping Titanic domestically. The sinking-ship romance stands at $658.6M, meaning Avengers only has to pull in an additional $100M over the duration of the summer to knock it off. Tough, but feasible. 
 
Avatar’s another story. It’s sitting pretty at the top of the box office with a whopping $760.5 million. I’d be very surprised if The Avengers had enough legs to reach that level. 
 
Want to know Cameron’s secret? He releases his blockbusters in December, so they can plow through weaker competition in January and February. It’s a brilliant move. And if any film wants to possible top Avatar – like, say, The Avengers 2 – it’s be smart to open on the second weekend of December. Then sit back and watch the bank vaults fill.
 
What do you think? Will Cameron hold on to the top two box office slots? Or can The Avengers dethrone one (or both) of his features? Share your thoughts!    
 

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  • Jun 7th 2012 6:39PM

    elmodude8  said...

    That was probably the only decent thing he did, sure Titanic was good but there was no need to re-release it in theaters and convert it to 3D other than he's a money-whore. Same goes with Avatar, he couldn't just leave it to be basically one of the most grossing movies of all time, he had to re-release it with extra footage to make more money. I mean how many more desperate moves does he have to show us before everyone gets suspicious.

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  • Jun 5th 2012 5:47PM

    elmodude8  said...

    I hope so because James Cameron is nothing more than a money whore and Avatar was way overrated and wasn't anything original or creative. All it was was a mix between Dances with Wolves and Pocohontas on a different planet. There was nothing creative about it. Plus he stole it from a book that was basically the same thing and I read that the author of the book even pitched Cameron the idea and when Cameron said "No," he turned around and used it and took credit for it. I can totally believe Cameron doing it because without 3D and stealing ideas Cameron is nothing but a joke.

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  • Jun 7th 2012 9:22AM

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    Cough, cough, The Terminator, cough, cough...

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  • Jun 5th 2012 5:14PM

    Javajive  said...

    Well, it looks like The AVENGERS has some more time in the Theatre and a very winner look about it. I don't see why they shouldn't pass Directors Cameron's Throne/Titantic & Avator, so to speak. All the best to the Avengers!! And looking forward to Avengers II.

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  • Jun 5th 2012 2:11AM

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    titanic and avatar also came out on big screen twice each

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  • Jun 4th 2012 9:49PM

    Smart30  said...

    While I think The Avengers is better than both Avatar and Titanic by leaps and bounds - I don't think it will beat either of them, foreign or domestic. As for Blu-ray sales, The Avengers should annihilate Titanic and will perhaps take out Avatar too. I'm a Batman fanboy of sorts, so I believe that Batman will top even The Avengers!

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  • Jun 4th 2012 8:08PM

    NinjaGrapeTurtle  said...

    Avengers. For. The. Win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If anything, the Avengers will at least top Titanic and probably come close to catching up with Avatar :)

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  • Jun 6th 2012 8:01AM

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    nope !!! avengers cant reach to 1st or 2nd place.....we cant even think abt it

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