'Avatar' hits $1-bn mark at box office

'Avatar' hits $1-bn mark at box office

 In this undated file photo released by 20th Century Fox, the character Neytiri is shown in a scene from 'Avatar.' AP Photo

Since its opening last month, the 3D sci-fi spectacular has taken in $352.1 million in North America alone and $1 billion worldwide.

This weekend, Avatar added another $68.3 million in North American box offices, setting a new record for a film in its third week. That record had previously been held by Spider-Man with $45 million.

If Avatar is to become the most successful film of all time it will have to beat the last blockbuster by its director James Cameron. Titanic remains at the top with $1.8 billion at the box office.

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