James Cameron's science-fiction blockbuster Avatar is poised to return to the top of the all-time movie box office charts this weekend after the film was re-released in China.
Avatar, which made its debut in 2009, held the global box office title for a decade until it was overtaken by Marvel superhero epic Avengers: Endgame in 2019.
On Friday, Cameron's film rung up an estimated $US3.5 million ($A4.5 million) in new ticket sales after it was re-released in China, where movie-going has rebounded following theatre closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
That put Avatar just shy of the $US2.798 billion worldwide total collected by Endgame, according to distributor Walt Disney Co.
Both films are now owned by Disney after the company bought entertainment assets from Fox in 2019.
Cameron has been working on four sequels to Avatar. The next film, which has been delayed several times, is scheduled for release in December 2022.
Australian Associated Press