Can you remember back to 2007 when some eyes were agog over the news that James Cameron's initial budget for Avatarwas $195 million? Jette imagined how many features a filmmaker like John Sayles could make with that, and personally I wondered just how high the ultimate cost would go -- especially when Spider-Man 3 had just broken the bank by throwing hundreds of millions into the production pot.

But when the numbers kept zooming skyward for the epic production, did you ever imagine that Avatar would make Cameron enough to completely self-finance an overpriced film on his own?