Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington, Avatar

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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.


Avatar, which makes buzz, not just money, is up for best drama at the Golden Globes. Check out all the contenders in our Notable Nominees gallery.

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