“If you set your goals ridiculously high and it's a failure, you will fail above everyone else's success.” — James Cameron, Writer and Director of “Terminator”, “Titanic” & “Avatar” —
Not many filmmakers can say they made the highest-grossing movie of all time, but Canadian writer-director James Cameron accomplished that feat twice. After spending almost two decades developing the equipment to make it possible, Cameron’s 2009 sci-fi epic “Avatar” premiered in London ten years ago today. The flick would become the highest grossing of all time at that point — accumulating $2.79 billion at the box office — though Cameron was breaking his own record, surpassing his romance and disaster film “Titanic” that won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1998 and became the first movie to gross over $1 billion worldwide. Cameron’s achievement remained untouched until the release of Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame” this past May, which accumulated $2.798 billion worldwide — just barely passing “Avatar” for the all-time number one spot. With four “Avatar” sequels slated for the next decade, it seems James Cameron and his blue aliens are eager to take back the box office throne.