Avatar joins Titanic at the top
Published 08/01/2010 | 17:33
James Cameron is king of the box office as Avatar has become the second highest grossing film of all time, beaten only by Titanic.
The directors new 3D epic's box office takings rose to 1.4 billion dollars, knocking Peter Jackson's 1.1 billion for The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King into third place.
Cameron's romantic blockbuster Titanic took 1.842 billion at the global box office putting it firmly at No 1, but Avatar is still rising.
More good news for Cameron came as the Director's Guild of America nominations were announced, naming him, with The Hurt Locker's Kathryn Bigelow, Quentin Tarantino - whose latest effort Inglorious Basterds has proved a hit this awards season - and Up In The Air's Jason Reitman and Precious director Lee Daniels all among the list of nominees too.
Meanwhile, Cameron looks set for a very different project from the fantasy alien world of Pandora in Avatar as he has just bought the rights to a non-fiction book about the attack on Hiroshima, Variety reports.
The director has optioned Charles Pellegrino's soon-to-be published tome The Last Train From Hiroshima: The Survivors Look Back.
Pellegrino's title chronicles two days during an after the atomic bomb drops, using eyewitness accounts from Japanese civilians and American pilots who survived the experience.
Cameron recently took time out from promoting Avatar in Japan to visit Tsutomo Yamaguchi, who fled the destruction of the city for the relative safety of Nagasaki, and then managed to survive once more when that city was destroyed by a further atomic attack.