Avatar Sails Past Titanic Amid Talk of Sequel, Acting Snubs

As Avatar officially claims the domestic box office crown from Titanic, Fox is in talks with director James Cameron on a sequel.

The 3D sci-fi fantasy movie finally sailed past Cameron’s previous fiction feature on Wednesday, bringing its total to an estimated $601.1 million. That edges Avatar past Titanic‘s $600.8 million, with plenty of life still in its theatrical run.

The sequel talks are in very preliminary stages, according to The Hollywood Reporter, with Rupert Murdoch, head of Fox parent company News Corp., telling investors in a conference call that both sides want a sequel but nobody knows yet how quickly the project might come together.

Murdoch also said the film will be out on a 2D DVD or Blu-ray before June 30, with a 3D release possible down the road once the picture for home 3D technology has clarified.

In other Avatar news, producer Jon Landau and Cameron both expressed to The Reporter their disappointment that none of the film’s actors were nominated for an Oscar.

“People confuse what we have done with animation,” Cameron told the trade publication at the recent PGA Awards. “It’s nothing like animation. The creator here is the actor, not the unseen hand of an animator.”

‘I blame ourselves for not educating people in the right way,’ said Landau, who suggested describing the motion capture process as more like “emotion capture.”