'Avatar' Eclipses 'Titanic' to Become Top Box Office Earner

Similarly, in "Avatar," Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) conquers stereotypes about "the other" to gain the love and trust of Neytiri (Zoe Saldana). Together, they destroy a corporate army attempting to crush all of planet Pandora. It's heartwarming.

VIDEO: Director James Cameron expands upon technology used in 2004s "Polar Express."
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4. The 'See It Again' Factor

What would make someone want to fork over another fist full of bills (or credit card swipe, as the case may be) and a few hours of precious time to see a movie they've already watched? Buzz. Lots and lots of buzz.

In 1997, with "Titanic," it was the old fashioned kind -- water cooler chatter, phone conversations, giggle-filled recaps of scenes in school hallways.

These days, with "Avatar," it's all about Twitter, Facebook and texting. According to TechCrunch, at the end of December, approximately 75-percent of all people who tweeted about "Avatar" thought the people reading their tweets should see it too. Repeat the mantra enough, and people will continue running through the revolving doors of their theaters, sending "Avatar" to heights of success previously unseen.

VIDEO: Meryl Streep and "Avatar" are among Hollywoods big winners.
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Reuters contributed to this report.
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