James Cameron Just Congratulated 'Avengers: Endgame' On Sinking His 'Titanic' Box Office Record In Classy Style
Avengers: Endgame smashed long-held box office records after nabbing another $145.8 million domestically and $282.2 million overseas in its second weekend since its official release on April 26.
The Marvel film's impressive box office haul surpassed that of James Cameron's Titanic, which grossed $2.187 billion, without adjusting for inflation, in 1997.
So far, Endgame is clocking in at $2.27 billion.
Cameron admitted defeat and congratulated the Avengers for sinking "his" Titanic on Twitter.
In Thursday's tweet, Cameron enthused that Endgame's success shuts down cynics predicting the death of the multiplex.
"To Kevin and everyone at Marvel. 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!"
https://t.co/zfICH1XDCJ— James Cameron (@James Cameron)1557374935.0
Fans were pleasantly surprised at the good sportsmanship on display.
@JimCameron @MarvelStudios @Avengers Am I reading this right? Did you just praise Marvel?— Dylan ︽✵︽ ENDGAME x2 (@Dylan ︽✵︽ ENDGAME x2)1557375344.0
@JimCameron @vanessatocha @MarvelStudios @Avengers You’re a truly gentleman, James. ✨— Rafael de Almeida (@Rafael de Almeida)1557376230.0
imagine being hired to photoshop this https://t.co/wH7YV3mBJM— Blake Salzman 🌹 (@Blake Salzman 🌹)1557380096.0
@JimCameron @MarvelStudios @Avengers https://t.co/d62TdBU0e8— Rob Keyes (@Rob Keyes)1557375609.0
However, Cameron still reigns supreme, with Avatar (2009) being the highest-grossing film of all time with $2.8 billion at the global box office.
But if Endgame maintains their momentum, it could eclipse Cameron's sci-fi masterpiece.
@JimCameron @MarvelStudios @Avengers Now, they're going after Avatar https://t.co/ZZGRDuLtfV— DANIEL ROJAS // GRACIAS MARVEL x3000❤😊 (@DANIEL ROJAS // GRACIAS MARVEL x3000❤😊)1557375765.0
@jodaroqui995 @JimCameron @MarvelStudios @Avengers https://t.co/6SAUgzDmHW— Bastii (@Bastii)1557384167.0
@jodaroqui995 @JimCameron @MarvelStudios @Avengers Coming soon. https://t.co/XWBJ8GbPQd— imcnblu (@imcnblu)1557414116.0
sir I hope you have a meme like this except with avatar in your drafts already https://t.co/DKBeDc6ug1— bean (@bean)1557380401.0
Still, fans view Cameron as an unsinkable visionary.
It takes a hell lot of creativity and humour to come up with something like this. Not just his films are legends, e… https://t.co/5V0HyAEwG0— Mimansa Shekhar (@Mimansa Shekhar)1557379166.0
@mimansashekhar In 1998, when #Titanic became the highest grossing movie ever, George Lucas congratulated James Cam… https://t.co/OspAToSdIk— Vikas Sharma (ਵਿਕਾਸ ਸ਼ਰਮਾ) (@Vikas Sharma (ਵਿਕਾਸ ਸ਼ਰਮਾ))1557419613.0
When you respect other great minds, rather than shutting them down https://t.co/lXlkq95oeS— Ali.J.G (@Ali.J.G)1557380348.0
They're all in it for the love of cinema.
@JimCameron @MarvelStudios @Avengers I love this tradition of film executives formally writing nice, congratulatory… https://t.co/noBHehj7l9— Go Soundtracks (@Go Soundtracks)1557381368.0
@GoSoundtracks @JimCameron @MarvelStudios @Avengers Don't forget about these ones! :3 https://t.co/SgjV15zHHQ— Platinum 230 (@Platinum 230)1557384318.0
I sense a Rose DeWitt Bukater and Jack Dawson resurrection courtesy of the Infinity Gauntlet's snap.
James Cameron and Marvel could collaborate on a mashup where we can visit the fated lovers via the quantum realm.
Hey, we can all dream, can't we?
In the new movie Alita: Battle Angel, produced by James Cameron with director Robert Rodriguez, Rosa Salazar stars as the titular cyborg who has little trouble destroying any wall she sets her strangely-large eyes on.
It turns out things in real life aren't so different, however.
"We're here to stay, baby. Ain't no wall going to keep us out."
i love rosa salazar 🥺— meg (@meg)1549596937.0
The actress continued:
"Just being a Latinx actress at the helm of something like this in itself is a message. You know I carry my name with me wherever I go. I'm Rosa Bianca Salazar, and… this is the next wave of Latino casting."
Salazar is having quite the moment online, where she can do no wrong amongst her fans on social media.
i might watch alita bc of rosa salazar aaahhhh— maeve wiley (@maeve wiley)1549283160.0
Worth the wait! #AlitaBattleAngel #RosaSalazar— .MSBH. (@.MSBH.)1549556345.0
why is alita: battle angel not getting hype i am so mad how can u not hype a film that stars rosa salazar i am: confused— ً (@ً)1549683424.0
#RosaSalazar was absolutely amazing in #AlitaBattleAngel what a film ... is it ok to fancy a cyborg?? 💜💜🥰🙈— Karl Neild (@Karl Neild)1549602289.0
James Cameron was also at the premier, though in a capacity he has little experience with.
His duties on the Avatar sequels led Cameron to give up the director's helm on a movie he's shepherded through production for over two decades, but some distance has its perks.
"When I watch a film that I've directed, it takes 10 years before I can really watch it kind of as an audience member. I could watch 'Alita' all day long…especially when I sit next to [Rosa] because she laughs and whoops through the whole movie."
ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL | OFFICIAL HD TRAILER #3 | 2019 youtu.be
Working with the mega-director has also given fellow movie-maker Rodriguez some insight as to what makes Cameron tick:
"I always wondered why [Cameron] didn't do more realistic stuff again…He was making more and more fantasy with special effects, and now I see why. Some of these images, you can't even see unless you know you're dreaming."
@slashfilm I’ve been rooting for this for so long.— Sirzapz ⚡️ (@Sirzapz ⚡️)1547240246.0
@slashfilm I want this movie soooo bad.— Bryan Young (@Bryan Young)1547231450.0
Be sure to catch Alita: Battle Angel when it hits theaters this February 14—what better way to spend Valentine's Day?
Alita: Battle Angel... James Cameron, you did it. You crazy son of a bitch, you did it. This movie is both accura… https://t.co/88AnAdLoQ7— Kaylyn Saucedo - 𝕄𝕒𝕣𝕫𝔾𝕦𝕣𝕝 (@Kaylyn Saucedo - 𝕄𝕒𝕣𝕫𝔾𝕦𝕣𝕝)1548998637.0
@MarzGurl @MichaelToole Credit to my man Rob. Rodriguez— 👁 My Roommate is a Mean Chihuahua Doggie👁 (@👁 My Roommate is a Mean Chihuahua Doggie👁)1549027173.0
Just watched Alita: Battle Angel and all I can say is that Alita is THAT bitch. Go watch the movie. Read the manga.… https://t.co/zKG7JIB93c— 𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘢𝘯 (@𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘢𝘯)1549628963.0
Watch WETA transform Rosa Salazar into Alita: Battle Angel's living weapon https://t.co/3PyZQmPdjH https://t.co/0whXVuBNKI— Gizmodo (@Gizmodo)1549206312.0