Jesus Christ. From Variety:

Twentieth Century Fox's Avatar reached a worldwide cume of $1.02 billion through Sunday, leading the most lucrative Christmas season in history.

Avatar becomes the fourth highest grosser ever, behind James Cameron's Titanic ($1.8 billion), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King ($1.12 billion) and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest ($1.07 billion). Avatar should soon eclipse the latter two pics.

Yeah. Avatar—which as been out a mere 18 days—just booted The Dark Knight out of the top five, and it's still going. Higher ticket prices for 3D-equipped theaters are a big part of that, but that still seems insane, and I suspect it will continue to seem insane until Avatar 2 comes out and makes even more goddamn money. Thankfully, those talented and trusty purveyors of the zeitgeist, The Asylum, have us covered until then.

Man. Have Andrew Stanton and Michael Chabon seen that trailer yet? I bet they're shaking in their boots.