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James Cameron congratulates Marvel on beating Avatar at the box office

The Avengers finally did it.

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James Cameron congratulated Marvel for beating his movie, Avatar, in terms of box office sales.

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This past weekend was a big one for Marvel Studios. Not only did the company reveal plenty of movies for its upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 4 at San Diego Comic-Con, but it also reached the top of the box office with Avengers: Endgame,  surpassing 2009's Avatar. One person congratulating the studio was Avatar's director, James Cameron

Cameron tweeted his congratulations Monday morning from the official Avatar Twitter account. The tweet consisted of Iron Man surrounded by woodsprites from the film with a caption reading "Oel ngati kameie," which is Na'vi for "I see you." 

The Russo Brothers, who directed the record-breaking film, tweeted their appreciation for Cameron, saying he was a "monumental reason" they fell in love with film.

Saturday was when Avengers: Endgame took the top spot with $2.79 billion in ticket sales, putting Avatar in second place at $2.789 billion. 

This is the second congrats from the Avatar director. In May, Cameron gave kudos to the Marvel team when Avengers: Endgame grossed more than the director's previous box office mega-hit, Titanic

Cameron is following a tradition of directors congratulating others for their box office smashes. Most notably, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas praised one another when their respective films, Star Wars, Jaws and Jurassic Park, out-earned one another.

Saturday was also the day Marvel Studios revealed its upcoming movies, including Thor 4: Love and Thunder, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and Blade starring Marhersella Ali.  

Marvel didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. 

Originally published on July 22, 8 a.m. PT.
Update, 1:03 p.m. PT: Adds Russo Brothers tweet.

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