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    Unobtanium? As If! Avatar Now Third-Highest-Grossing Film Ever

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    Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington, Avatar
    Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington, Avatar WETA/ 20th Century Fox

    We guess money really does grow on trees.

    James Cameron's Avatar has become the third-biggest grossing film of all time, with a worldwide haul of more than $1.1 billion. It sailed past the $1.07 billion plundered by Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.

    Most of Avatar's coin has actually come from overseas, raking in $731.2 million internationally compared to $367.5 million domestically.

    The sci-fi epic is now on track to dethrone The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, which tallied $1.12 billion in global ticket sales, any day now.

    While Avatar will likely fall short of Titanic's record $1.84 billion, Cameron can take solace in having the top two-grossing films in history. 

    And that means he's still King of the World.

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