It happened 12 years ago with 'Titanic.' Now James Cameron may bring in a billion bucks again with 'Avatar.'

The Los Angeles Times reports Cameron's science fiction epic has already earned $232.2 million worldwide in its first weekend of release, the ninth-biggest global debut of all time (not adjusted for inflation). And it's the biggest ever for a non-sequel. img hspace="4" vspace="4" border="1" align="right" src="http://www.blogcdn.com/blog.moviefone.com/media/2009/12/avatar200.jpg" alt="" id="vimage_2550795" />It happened 12 years ago with 'Titanic.' Now James Cameron may bring in a billion bucks again with 'Avatar.'

The Los Angeles Times reports Cameron's science fiction epic has already earned $232.2 million worldwide in its first weekend of release, the ninth-biggest global debut of all time (not adjusted for inflation). And it's the biggest ever for a non-sequel.

Domestically, 'Avatar' brought in $73 million, a gross that was significantly affected by the snowstorm that slammed the East Coast over the weekend. Nonetheless, it was a solid performance, the second-biggest ever for a December release. Fox executives believe that strong word of mouth will help 'Avatar' earn just as much in its second weekend, meaning it could hit $200 million domestic before 2009 comes to a close.

The big money for 'Avatar' so far, though, is internationally, where it's already earned $159.2 million -- and it still has yet to open in Japan and China.

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