On Wednesday night, 20th Century Fox’s Avatar became the second-highest grossing film ever at the worldwide box office.  James Cameron’s 3D epic achieved the spot with $1.13 billion in just 20 days, placing behind his own Titanic ($1.84B) in the rankings and passing Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest ($1.07B) and The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King ($1.12B).  That could buy a lot of unobtanium…

The feat was inevitable after Avatar flew past the billion dollar mark in 17 days and finally debuted in China on Monday to the highest opening day sales the country has ever seen (about $4.8 million).  The U.S. total has climbed to $374.4 million.

Meanwhile, on a related note, the Avatar forums have become a source of hilarity in the past few days after some discovered a thread titled “Ways to Cope with the depression of the dream of Pandora being intangible.”  I mean, I loved Avatar as much as the next nerd, but I’m not crying myself to sleep knowing there’s no planet where mountains float and the Na’vi get in touch with nature.  It’s baffling to me that fans are unable to separate a fictional movie from reality, but luckily there’s an online support group that provides nuggets of wisdom like “go see the movie again” or “listen to the soundtrack.”  Whew, bottomless depression averted.