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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, January 27, 2010

'Avatar' take tops $1.859B to become most lucrative film

Advertiser Staff

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“Avatar” character Neytiri, played by Zoe Saldana.

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Bruce Springsteen

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Kiefer Sutherland

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James Cameron is king of the world again.

The director's sci-fi spectacle, "Avatar," has passed his shipwreck saga, "Titanic," to become the highest-grossing film worldwide, 20th Century Fox said yesterday.

As of Monday, "Avatar" had brought in $1.859 billion at the box office, passing the $1.843 billion worldwide record set by 1997's "Titanic."

"Titanic" remains the highest-grossing film domestically at $600.8 million.


A Bruce Springsteen exhibit is sticking around for an encore at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Cleveland museum announced yesterday that its exhibit on The Boss will remain there for the rest of 2010. The collection of Springsteen artifacts, handwritten lyrics and guitars had been scheduled to close this spring.

"From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen" is one of the most extensive exhibits on a rock star ever presented at the hall.

Springsteen, a 1999 Hall of Fame inductee, contributed many of his own items, including the guitar he holds on the cover of "Born to Run."


Martha Stewart doesn't quite have her own television network like Oprah Winfrey, but the Hallmark Channel is giving the household style maven control over a chunk of its daytime lineup.

Stewart's weekday program, syndicated to various broadcast channels across the country, will move to the Hallmark Channel in September, the network and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. said yesterday.

"The Martha Stewart Show" will start its sixth season this fall, airing weekday mornings and with reruns in the afternoons. Stewart's production company will be responsible for 90 minutes of additional programming.


Actor Kiefer Sutherland was among cattle customers roped into an alleged scam that netted more than a million dollars.

Prosecutors say Michael Wayne Carr of Linden, Calif., had agreements to buy steers in Mexico for his customers and sell them for profit in the United States. Carr allegedly took $869,000 from Sutherland, star of the show "24," and $177,000 from a New Mexico couple.

Prosecutors say there's no record Carr ever bought the steers. They also say Carr sold steers that didn't belong to him. Carr is charged with 12 felonies, including grand theft, forgery and embezzlement.

— Advertiser News Services