James Cameron’s Avatar has now overtaken The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and moved into second place on the list of all-time highest grossing films.

As of day 20, its overall haul stood at $1.135bn.  Still some way behind Titanic (also James Cameron’s) at $1.843bn, there is still some way left to go in Avatar’s run.  Could it topple the King of Film? 

Unlikely.  But in a recession, this is a tremendous performance the sci-fi flick.  Who said good VFX didn’t get you anywhere?