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James Cameron Net Worth

Updated January 2, 2020
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How Much is James Cameron worth? $700 million

How did James Cameron earn his money and wealth?

James Francis Cameron is a legendary Canadian filmmaker, director, screenwriter, editor and inventor born on August 16, 1954 in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada has an estimated net worth of around $700 million.  He is one of the most critically acclaimed directors of Hollywood. Cameron started his career with his first film which was a science fiction “Xenogenesis” in the year 1978. After this film, he joined Roger Corman a renowned B- movie director, where he got experience in various fields such as art director for movie “Battle Beyond the Stars” (1980) and director for the movie “Piranha II: The Spawning” (1981).

His career’s major twirl came when he wrote and directed “The Terminator” played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Terminator was a science fiction story of a future robot that travels all the way to the present on a mission. This movie became a successful hit and helped Cameron to grip his next project with Sigourney in the sequel of Ridley Scott’s “Alien”. It bagged many academy award nominations.

The year 1989 was the exhausting time for Cameron even after experiencing back to back success. His movie “Abyss” which was majorly shot underwater turned out be a huge turmoil for the entire cast and crew. Furthermore, its business was very down and also neither the critics nor the audience were impressed. Though, this movie was successful, it earned only one Academy Award for its spectacular visual effects. This depression phase came to end with his next movie “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” as it earned more than $200 million. The year 1991 was the year of James Cameron as he was back in form.

Since then, Cameron never looked back; his next movie was with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis – “True Lies” topped the box office charts with a business of more than $378 million. After giving so many box office hits, James Cameron was ready to write history. His movie “Titanic” which is the story of a man of limited means and a woman hailing from a wealthy household both asail on the mighty Titanic on it’s very maiden and only voyage. This movie was written and directed by Cameron himself. It starred Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead roles.  Cameron’s Titanic broke all the records and earned 11 Academy Awards and 14 Academy Award nominations. It made a business of $200 million after crossing countless hurdles and became the first movie to earn more than $1 billion.  The story of Titanic doesn’t end here; it landed James Cameron with the biggest awards that are “The Oscars” for – Best Director, Best Film Editor and Best Picture.

James Cameron is one such legend who broke his own records of Titanic from his movie “Avatar” in the year 2009. This movie brought revolution to the entire film industry because of its unseen and stunning special effects and impeccable story line. It moved aside Titanic and grabbed the top position. Avatar was nominated for 9 Academy Awards and won many awards including Golden Globe awards for Best Director and Best Motion Picture. Currently, he is working on his next project which is a sequel to Avatar that is “Avatar 2” and is expected to release in 2020.

What are the highest grossing movies of James Cameron?

  1. Avatar (2009): $2.78 billion
  2. Titanic (1997): $2.19 billion
  3. Terminator 2 (1991): $519,843,345
  4. True lies (1994): $378,882,411
  5. Aliens (1886): $131,060,248
  6. The Abyss (1889): $90,000,098

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