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One-man industry

As Avatar keeps smashing one box-office record after another, its writer-director James Cameron has become an industry in himself-at least in the size of his financial achievements.

     Print Edition: February 21, 2010

James Cameron
James Cameron
As Avatar keeps smashing one box-office record after another, its writer-director James Cameron has become an industry in himself-at least in the size of his financial achievements. The movie's worldwide collections in six weeks ($1.85 billion, or about Rs 8,500 crore) have been as much as the annual turnover of India's oldest cement company ACC or twice the annual sales of the largest listed real estate company DLF.

 It has already returned close to 10 times on its investment of about $200 million and promises to take a substantial lead over the second-highest worldwide grosser of all times-Titanic (also written and directed by him). Between these two movies, Cameron has generated close to Rs 18,000 crore in revenues-a feat that will be the envy of some of the most celebrated CEOs.

WORLDWIDE TOP 10 GROSSERS
Hollywood: These 10 movies have so far earned $11.6 billion.

Avatar (2009)

$ 1,859 m (in six weeks)
Titanic (1997)$ 1,843 m
The Lord of The Rings: The Return of the king (2003)$ 1,119 m
Pirates of the Caribbean (2003)$ 1,066 m
The Dark Knight (2006)$ 1,002 m
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)$ 975 m
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)$ 961 m
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)$ 938 m
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)$ 934 m
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)$ 925 m
Bollywood: 3 Idiots has already earned as much as the movies ranked 6th to 10th collectively did.
3 Idiots (2009Rs 315 cr (in three weeks)
Ghajini (2008)Rs 260 cr
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008)Rs 180 cr
Om Shanti Om (2007)Rs 79 cr
Dhoom 2 (2006)Rs 78 cr
Krrish (2006)Rs 83 cr
Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006)Rs 72 cr
Welcome (2007)Rs 71 cr
Gadar: Ek Prem Katha (2001)Rs 70 cr
Singh Is Kinng (2008)Rs 68 cr

INFLATION-ADJUSTED TOP 10
HOLLYWOODBOLLYWOOD
Gone With the Wind (1939)Sholay (1975)
Star Wars (1977)Mughal-e-Azam (1960)
The Sound of Music (1965)Mother India (1957)
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)Hum Aapke Hain Kaun...! (1994)
The Ten Commandments (1956)Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
Titanic (1997)Gadar: Ek Prem Katha (2001)
Jaws (1975)Sangam (1964)
Doctor Zhivago (1965)Dhoom 2 (2006)
The Exorcist (1973)Om Shanti Om (2007)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)Bobby (1973)

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