January 21, 2017

James Cameron has netted $350 million of personal income

By Scott Mendelson

HollywoodNews.com: I’ve been meaning to run the numbers, and today is as good a day as any. First of all, news broke over the last two days that A) “Avatar” would be returning to IMAX and 3D theaters in an eight-minute-longer special edition on August 27th and B) the film’s success has netted writer/director James Cameron $350 million in personal income. The rerelease was mainly fueled by the not-unlikely theory that “Avatar” would kept pulling it in had it not been forced to surrender the IMAX and 3D screens to Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” in March. But, for all intents and purposes, “Avatar’s” groundbreaking initial theatrical run is pretty much over. So, let’s see how it did…

In purely domestic numbers, the film pulled in $749.6 million. That beats the gross of Titanic by $148.8 million. There are only eleven other films in history that have done even twice that amount ($374.8 million). There are only fifty-seven other films in history that have grossed even a third of that amount ($249.8 million). And cut that number into four ($187.4 million), and you have just 117 other films that have grossed even a quarter of what Avatar made in the states. But when you get into worldwide numbers, that’s where the eyes pop out. The current worldwide total for “Avatar” is $2.7308 billion. There is only one movie ever released that has done even half that amount ($1.3654 billion). Yup, it’s James Cameron’s “Titanic” at $1.8432 billion. The next highest-grossing film is “Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” which grossed $1.1191 billion, or about 41% of “Avatar’s” global haul. Heck, the entire “Lord of the Rings” trilogy grossed $2.9 billion, or just around $200 million more than just “Avatar.”

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