Avatar nears US box office record
Avatar is close to toppling the US box office record after leading all movies for a seventh straight week.
James Cameron's 3-D epic earned 30 million dollars over the weekend, and its domestic total reached 594.5 million dollars, according to studio estimates.
That puts the film only about 6 million dollars behind the domestic record set by the director's earlier smash hit film Titanic in 1998 with 600.8 million dollars.
Last week, the 20th Century Fox blockbuster passed Titanic for the worldwide box-office record. It has now crossed the 2 billion dollar worldwide mark with 2.039 billion dollars, easily beating the 1.8 billion made by Titanic.
"You have to do a double take when you see these numbers," said Paul, Dergarabedian, box office analyst for Hollywood.com, adding: "James Cameron is the king of the box office hold."
Mel Gibson's revenge-thriller Edge Of Darkness, debuted this weekend with 17.1 million dollars. Also in its first weekend of release was When In Rome, the Walt Disney romantic comedy starring Kristen Bell, which took in 12.1 million.