James Cameron may supplant himself as the box-office champ after all.
Avatar continued its assault on the record books, remaining No. 1 for the fifth straight weekend with $54.6 million over the four-day Martin Luther King holiday weekend. That brings its total to $505.1 million, according to Box Office Mojo.
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The sci-fi epic, which picked up two Golden Globes Sunday for best dramatic picture and director, is only the third film to break the $500 million mark in the United States, behind Cameron's Titanic
($600 million) and The Dark Knight
, which became the world's No. 2 film of all time two weeks ago, now stands at $1.6 billion, on pace to surpass the all-time grosser, Titanic
, which raked in $1.8 billion. Numbers are not adjusted for inflation.
Avatar nabs No. 2 spot at all-time box office
Opening in second place was Denzel Washington's apocalyptic thriller, The Book of Eli
, which earned $38 million. In its first weekend in wide release, Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones
nabbed third place with $17 million.
The weekend's other new release, The Spy Next Door
, debuted at No. 6 with $9.6 million, behind Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
($11.6 million) and Sherlock Holmes
($9.8 million) in fourth and fifth place, respectively.
Avatar earns $1 billion worldwide
Rounding out the top 10: It's Complicated
(No. 7, $7.6 million), Leap Year
(No. 8, $5.8 million), The Blind Side
(No. 9, $5.5 million) and Up in the Air