"It took the Avengers to sink my Titanic."
James Cameron has hailed the success of Avengers: Endgame after the superhero epic overtook Titanic to become the second highest grossing film of all time.
The box-office slaying Marvel movie overtook Cameron’s Oscar-winning film earlier this week after grossing more than £1.7 billion at the box office within two weeks of its release. It could also beat Cameron’s Avatar, which itself knocked Titanic from the top spot after grossing £2.3 billion upon release in 2009.
But Cameron is being gracious in defeat and hailed the power of Marvel for being able to “sink my titanic”.
“To Kevin [Feige, Marvel president] and everyone at Marvel,” the director wrote on Twitter.
“An Iceberg sank the real Titanic. It took the Avengers to sink my Titanic. Everyone here at Lightstorm Entertainment salutes your amazing achievement. You’ve shown that the movie industry is not only alive and well, it’s bigger than ever!”
He accompanied the post with an apt image that showed the Titanic sinking after colliding with the iconic Avengers symbol.
In a five-star review, NME said of Avengers: Endgame: “It is an astonishing action movie, with a final hour that keeps ratcheting up the crowd-pleasing sequences in a mega-battle filled with so many characters that we should probably take a moment to give thanks to the poor people who had to coordinate the schedules of countless A-listers.”
Meanwhile, Cameron is currently working on Avatar 2 – which was pushed back to 2021 earlier this week.