James Cameron directed Titanic that released in 1998 created a storm at the box-office. For the longest time, no other film could come a close second to the epic love story. Several films went on to do massive numbers at the ticket counters but Titanic was outsold only once - in 2009. 12 years after Titanic, Cameron’s Avatar, a sci-fi film that became a trendsetter, beat the worldwide phenomenon starring Leonardo di Caprio and Kate Winslet.
Avengers: Endgame, the final installment in the superhero franchise, has now grabbed the first spot in terms of the global box-office collections, replacing the film that made Jack and Rose household names. Avengers: Endgame has grossed $2.189 billion at the box-office, a few steps ahead of the 1998 blockbuster.
Cameron took to Twitter to congratulate team Avengers: Endgame. On a rather wittily created picture, he wrote, “An iceberg sank the real Titanic. It took The Avengers to sink my Titanic. Everyone here at Lightstorm Entertainment salutes your amazing achievement. You’ve shown that the movie industry is not only alive and well, it’s bigger than ever!”
In the picture, we see the Avengers logo in place of the iceberg, the tip of which is above water, which was the cause of the sinking of Titanic during its maiden voyage.
It took 21 years for a film not directed by Cameron to take down Titanic. Now that is one big achievement!
On a related note, Avengers: Endgame continues to set the global box-office on fire. But with Disney announcing four sequels to Avatar by 2027, only time will tell if Cameron will be able to take back both the first as well as second spots.