Sci-fi pic grosses $601.1 mil at domestic B.O.

Twentieth Century Fox and James Cameron’s “Avatar” has surpassed previous all-time record holder “Titanic” to become the highest domestic grossing film ever with $601.1 million through Tuesday.

“Avatar” beat “Titanic’s” $600.8 million benchmark yesterday after earning nine Academy Award nominations, including picture and director. Pic tied with Summit’s “The Hurt Locker” for the most nominations.

Cameron’s 3D sci-fi opus has topped the domestic B.O. for seven consecutive weeks and continues to muscle out competition overseas, topping nearly every major market. “Avatar” has earned $1.45 billion on the international front to become the newest overseas record holder after “Titanic.”

Pic also holds the record as the highest worldwide grosser with a cume of $2.05 billion.

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