Isla Nublar has nothing on Pandora. James Cameron’s ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ earned $1.708 billion worldwide, surpassing ‘Jurassic World’ ($1.67 billion) as the seventh highest-grossing film in box office history. After just four weeks of release, “Water Road” has grossed $517 million in North America and $1.19 billion overseas. At the international box office, it is now the fifth highest-grossing film, behind only ‘Avatar’, ‘Avengers: Endgame’, ‘Titanic’ and ‘Avengers: Infinity War’.
Based on its worldwide ticket sales, “Avatar: The Way of Water” is also the highest-grossing movie released in 2022, and the second highest-grossing movie of the pandemic, after “Spider-Man : No way home.” in 2021.” ($1.91). But the Na’vi are determined to defeat Peter Parker, whose latest adventure is the sixth highest-grossing worldwide of all time.
At this rate, “Avatar 2” has a good shot at crossing $2 billion worldwide – a mark that is almost impossible in the time of COVID. Even “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” a box office sensation, flopped shortly before the event. The superhero sequel didn’t happen in China, which is a huge market for Marvel movies. It’s a lofty goal with or without an epidemic, of course. The only five movies in history to reach $2 billion are “Avatar” ($2.9 billion), “Avengers: Endgame” ($2.79 billion), “Titanic” ($2.2 billion), ” Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (2.069 billion dollars). ) and “Avengers: Infinity War” ($2.04 billion). For anyone keeping score, Cameron has directed two of the five films.
The sequel to 2009’s “Avatar” has remained the top grosser since it opened in mid-December with $134 million in North America and $435 million worldwide. That’s good news because Disney, which owns the rights to “Avatar” after acquiring 20th Century Fox in 2019, spent at least $350 million to make “Waterway” and more than $100 million more to market Pandora great return. With these stratospheric numbers, “The Water Way” needs more than the average tentpole to break even. In addition, Cameron plans to make three more series.