February 3, 2010 / 6:31 PM / in 9 years

"Avatar" tops "Titanic" record in North America

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - James Cameron’s “Avatar” has completed its three-part flight into history, surpassing a domestic boxoffice record that’s stood since the filmmaker’s “Titanic” completed its theatrical run in 1998.

A scene from the film "Avatar" is shown in this undated publicity photo released to Reuters February 2, 2010. REUTERS/WETA/Fox Pictures/Handout

“Avatar” distributor Fox said Wednesday the sci-fi epic had rung up $601.2 million in the United States and Canada through Tuesday. “Titanic” ended up with $600.8 million.

The film previously shredded the international and worldwide box office records set by “Titanic.” Updated totals for foreign and worldwide cumes are expected later Wednesday.

Ticket-price inflation and premium pricing for “Avatar” gave the film a big advantage over “Titanic.”

The number of tickets sold is yet another matter. The 1939 epic “Gone with the Wind” is still rated the top ticket seller of all time.

Asked about potential “Avatar” sequels, News Corp chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch said on his quarterly earnings call Tuesday that the conglomerate is in “very early talks about it.” Cameron “has ideas” for a sequel, he said, adding: “We will be pushing for one.”

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