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'Avatar' unseats 'Endgame' as top-grossing movie

James Cameron, director of Avatar, and his wife Suzy Amis, arrive at the 82nd Academy Awards in Hollywood in 2010. Avatar is now the highest-grossing movie of all time. File Photo by Phil McCarten/UPI
James Cameron, director of "Avatar," and his wife Suzy Amis, arrive at the 82nd Academy Awards in Hollywood in 2010. "Avatar" is now the highest-grossing movie of all time. File Photo by Phil McCarten/UPI | License Photo

March 13 (UPI) -- The highest-grossing film of all time is once again Avatar, a 2009 sci-fi adventure directed by James Cameron and produced by Jon Landau.

Avatar's global box office is estimated at $2.8 billion while Marvel's Avengers: Endgame -- helmed by the Russo brothers with a 2019 release -- has racked up $2.797 billion in receipts.

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Avatar unseated Endgame because it was re-released in China this week with few new movies available to theaters due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"Congratulations to @JimCameron ,@JonLandau, and ALL of Na'vi Nation for reclaiming the box office crown! We love you 3000," Marvel Studios tweeted Saturday.

"Passing the gauntlet back to you... @JimCameron," the Russo brothers wrote in their own post.

Disney owns both Avatar and Endgame.

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