Could “Avatar” become our next “Star Wars”?

Zoe Saldana plays Neytiri in "Avatar," but she is never portrayed in the human form. (Flickr/k-ideas)

When James Cameron set out to make “Avatar,” we wonder if he really thought he might ever be able to break his own record. Since 1997, “Titanic” has reigned supreme as the highest grossing movie in the U.S. (fast forward to 1:00 to see how we may have to eat our words from five months ago). At $600 million in box office sales, it seemed like no other film would be able to touch it. When Health Ledger passed away in 2008, “The Dark Knight” became incredibly hyped, and with its tremendous box office success, it appeared that it might…just…finally…surpass… “Titanic”… But no. It stopped short at $533 million. And then came “Avatar.”

Around the world, “Avatar” has already earned $1.8 billion (yes, we said BILLION). To give you some perspective on that, the GDP of Bhutan was $3.8 billion in 2008, and that’s a 15,000 square mile country with a population of 700,000 people living and working every day. And sales for “Avatar” haven’t shown signs of slowing down yet; it’s still at number one, and it’s only been in theaters for six weeks. At this point the question isn’t really if “Avatar” will surpass “Titanic.” The question is when, and by how much money.

So…you’ve seen it already, right? We know this is a movie review and all, but we’re six weeks behind the eight ball, so we’re pretty sure everyone knows just about everything about this crazy-hyped, excessive-earning flick. But for those still living under a rock, we’ll catch you up to speed.

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