January 31, 2023


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‘Avatar 2’ Crosses $2 Billion Worldwide

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Just six weeks after its release, James Cameron’s blockbuster sequel “Avatar: The Way of Water” has surpassed $2 billion in worldwide ticket sales. It’s the sixth film in history — and the first during Pandemic — to surpass the coveted milestone, joining an exclusive club that includes Avatar,” “Avengers: Endgame,” “Titanic,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” and “The Avengers” : Infinity War.”

Now, Cameron is responsible for three of the six highest-grossing movies of all time. He is the only director whose three films have crossed the $2 billion mark.

To date, “The Way of Water” has grossed $598 million at the domestic box office and $1.4 billion internationally. Overseas, the standout markets are China ($229 million), France ($129 million), Germany ($117 million), Korea ($96 million) and the United Kingdom ($81 million). It’s especially impressive that “Avatar 2” managed to crack $2 billion, a milestone that would have been impossible during COVID, as not every market is reconnecting with Na’V. The follow-up is underperforming in Russia, where the original grossed $116 million, and is flopping in Japan with $28 million, a dramatic drop from the first film’s $176 million.

The long-delayed sequel to 2009’s “Avatar” opened in December and has been wildly popular in the weeks since its release. Disney, which owns the rights to “Avatar” after acquiring 20th Century Fox in 2019, spent about $460 million to produce and promote “The Way of Water,” so the film needs a lot more to break the average tentpole.

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