James Cameron’s blockbuster Avatar: The Way of Water has officially become the fifth highest-grossing movie of all time, dethroning Marvel’s superhero epic Avengers: Infinity War at the global box office.
Avatar: The Way of Water has grossed $2.054 billion, surpassing Infinity War‘s total of $2.052 billion, which was released in 2018.
The Golden Globe-winning film is well on course to overtake the original Avatar (2009), which earned $2.92 billion at the box office, followed by Avengers: Endgame ($2.79 billion), Titanic ($2.19 billion), and Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens ($2.07 billion) rank higher on the all-time list.
Avatar: The Way of Water also holds the distinction of being the highest-grossing film in the post-pandemic era, overtaking Spider-Man: No Way Home.
The Way of Water has grossed $1.5 billion internationally, making it the fourth-biggest movie in history. At the domestic box office, it has made $603 million, standing as No. 13 of all time. It is the sixth movie ever to cross $2 billion globally, doing so in its sixth week of release.
Notably, this achievement gives James Cameron three of the top five highest-grossing movies of all time. however, his movies also carry steep price tags. The film required the development of new technology to shoot motion-capture scenes underwater, and needed to earn $1.5 billion to break even.
James Cameron is hoping to turn Avatar into a five-film franchise and has co-written the latest movie with Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. With one more week of release and the next major box office release, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, not hitting theaters until 17 February, Avatar: The Way of Water has a good shot at surpassing Star Wars: The Force Awakens on the all-time charts.
Avatar: The Way of Water is a sequel to James Cameron’s highest-grossing film of all time, Avatar, which was released in 2009. The film stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldaña, Kate Winslet, Stephen Lang, and Sigourney Weaver and has received strong reviews and nominations for four Oscars, including ‘Best Picture’.
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