The film reached the impressive tally in an equally-impressive 32 days, shattering the 45-day mark set by The Dark Knight in the summer of 2008. Avatar's Friday-Sunday tally of $41.3 million set a record for the highest fifth-weekend gross and the film's estimated $54.6 million gross over the four-day Martin Luther King holiday weekend broke the MLK Weekend record, previously held by Cloverfield, which grossed $46.1 million over the four-day frame.
Avatar's worldwide gross now stands at $1.64 billion, and it seems likely by the weekend that the film will likely pass The Dark Knight's $533.3 million to be the second-highest grossing film of all time domestically, behind Cameron's Titanic at $600.8 million. It seems Avatar will eclipse those records, along with Titanic's worldwide record of $1.84 billion.
We'll be sure to keep you posted as soon as we hear about any of these box office records falling so stay tuned.
Avatar was released December 18th, 2009 and stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Joel Moore, Giovanni Ribisi, Michelle Rodriguez, Laz Alonso. The film is directed by James Cameron.