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'Avatar' soars to new world box office record

Science-fiction epic "Avatar" has set a new global box office record, taking 1.85 billion dollars and sinking "Titanic" to become the biggest earning film of all time, figures showed Tuesday.

"A movie poster for "Avatar" at Fox Studios in Los Angeles, California, in 2009. Science-fiction epic "Avatar" set a new world box office record, earning 1.85 billion dollars and sinking "Titanic" to become the highest grossing film of all time, figures showed Tuesday."

"On Monday, January 25, 'Avatar' officially passed 'Titanic' to become the highest grossing film in history at the worldwide box office," 20th Century Fox studios said in a statement.

It added that Oscar-winning director James Cameron's groundbreaking 3-D spectacular had by Monday taken 16 million dollars more than "Titanic," which was also directed by Cameron.

"Avatar" had taken 1.859 billion dollars, compared with the box-office total for the 1997 Oscar-winning "Titanic" which took 1.843 billion dollars, the statement said.

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