Entornointeligente.com / James Cameron is a good sport. After years of holding the record for highest-grossing film in history with Titanic, then beating that record with Avatar, the director is taking Avengers: Endgame coming for his crown in stride. On Monday, Avengers: Endgame became the fastest film ever to hit the $2 billion mark worldwide, setting a slew of records—and, in the process, unseating Titanic as the No. 2 highest-grossing film of all time. On Wednesday, Cameron tipped his hat to the franchise, congratulating Marvel head Kevin Feige for the astounding achievement.
In a Twitter statement addressed “to Kevin and everybody at Marvel,” Cameron applauded the team on behalf of his production company, Lightstorm Entertainment.
“An iceberg sank the real Titanic,”he wrote. “It took the Avengers to sink my Titanic. Everyone here at Lightstorm Entertainment salutes your amazing achievement. You’ve shown that the movie industry is not only alive and well, it’s bigger than ever!”
Of course, when adjusted for inflation, Cameron’s Titanic is still technically the more impressive box-office feat, considering how much cheaper tickets were in 1997 and how many more had to be sold in order to cross the $2 billion mark. However, it seems the director would rather let that go and instead just celebrate the Marvel movie’s haul—which, to be clear, is wildly impressive. The movie is still breaking an unprecedented number of records, including biggest global opening of all time and biggest Thursday night preview haul.
Thus far, Avengers: Endgame has made $2.27 billion worldwide. It still has a ways to go if it wants to beat Avatar, Cameron’s 2009 sci-fi epic, which grossed $2.78 billion worldwide when all was said and done. Then there are Cameron’s four upcoming Avatar sequels, which will arrive in theaters every other year starting in 2021. After more than a decade between the first Avatar and the initial sequel, perhaps Cameron is creating the perfect storm for yet another box-office stunner—especially now that he won‘t be competing with any more Avengers movies. Oh—and because Disney is now behind Avatar, which belonged to 21st Century Fox until the House of Mouse’s $71.3 billion acquisition of Fox , the studio probably won’t mind another franchise potentially unseating Marvel. With juggernauts like these under its belt—not to mention Star Wars —Disney can easily clear a path for total box-office dominance.
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