It's one of the biggest questions in Hollywood. Can James Cameron's blockbuster sci-fi epic overtake the number one spot for highest-grossing film of all time, toppling the current champ, which is coincidentally another James Cameron film.
That's right, for thirteen years "Titanic" has remained king of the mountain, but with "Avatar" decimating the box office it seems only a matter of time until it dethrones Cameron's seafaring drama. We've all heard the experts speculating, but what does the man himself think? When we caught up with him at the Critics' Choice Awards, we asked him just that.
Back in early December, Cameron was fully cautious on the matter. "I don't think it's realistic to try and topple 'Titanic' off its perch," he told us then. But now the legendary filmmaker is singing a different song.
"It's gonna happen. It's just a matter of time," Cameron remarked confidently. A powerful statement, but the numbers seem to be moving in his favor. "Titanic" grossed an eye-popping $1.8 billion worldwide, but "Avatar" is closing in fast at $1.3 billion after five weeks. Unless the momentum is unexpectedly halted, the top of the charts doesn't seem that unlikely a prize.
If "Avatar" does overtake "Titanic," how will he ever top his now-infamous "I'm the king of the world!" Oscar speech? Well, if he has something in mind he's playing it close to the chest. "Yeah, what do I say to make a bigger fool of myself than I did last time. Is that where you're going with this?" he joked. "Well, let me think about it."
Do you think it's realistic for "Avatar" to crush "Titanic"'s longstanding record? Or will the doomed ship manage to stay afloat even longer?