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Director James Cameron, has 2 films credited as top earners to date, with Avatar sitting on top of the gold mountain. Titanic released to theaters on December 19, 1997, Titanic grossed less in its first weekend ($28.6 million) than in its second, ($35.4 million), an increase of 23.8%. This is unheard of for a widely released film, which is a testament to the movie’s appeal. This was especially noteworthy, considering that the film’s running time of more than three hours limited the number of showings each theater could schedule. It held the No. 1 spot on the box-office charts for months, eventually grossing a total of $600.8 million in the United States and Canada and more than $1.84 billion worldwide. Titanic became the highest-grossing film of all time and in the United States and Canada, and the first film to gross more than $1 billion worldwide. It remained the highest-grossing film since 1998, until Cameron’s 2009 film Avatar surpassed its gross in 2010.

Top 10 Highest-Grossing Movies of all Time:

1. Avatar 

$2.78 billion

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2. Titanic 

$2.18 billion

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3. The Avengers 

$1.51 billion

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4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II

$1.34 billion

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5. Iron Man 3 

$1.18 billion

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6. Transformers: Dark of the Moon

$1.12 billion

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7. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

$1.11 billion

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8. Skyfall 

$1.10 billion

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9. The Dark Knight Rises  

$1.08 billion

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10. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

$1.06 billion

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