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‘Avatar 2’ is the sixth-biggest film of all time with $1.92 billion

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Everyone congratulates Navi. James Cameron’s blockbuster sequel “Avatar: The Way of Water” earned $1.928 billion worldwide, surpassing “Spider-Man: No Way Home” ($1.91 billion) as the sixth-highest-grossing release in box office history.

The sci-fi tentpole’s next major hurdle is crossing $2 billion, a feat achieved by only five films in history: Avatar” ($2.9 billion), “Avengers: Endgame” ($2.79 billion), “Titanic” ($2.2 billion), “Star Wars : The Force Awakens” ($2.069 billion) and “Avengers: Infinity War” ($2.04 billion). If “The Way of Water” manages to hit the $2 billion mark (and it looks likely), it will be the first Pandemic-era film, As well as Cameron’s third film, will join the coveted club.

So far, “The Way of Water” has made $574 million in North America and $1.35 billion internationally after less than six weeks in theaters. The film’s overseas tally is especially impressive because it’s not playing in Russia (where the original grossed more than $100 million) and it’s falling short of expectations in Japan (where the original grossed $176 million). Lucky for Disney, which owns the rights to “Avatar,” the sequel topped estimates in China ($217 million), France ($123 million), Germany ($108 million) and Korea ($93.6 million).

At the domestic box office, “The Way of Water” ranks as the 13th highest-grossing film, surpassing “The Lion King” ($543.6 million), “The Dark Knight” ($535 million) and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” ($533.5 million). Overseas, the movie ranked as the fifth-highest-grossing release of all time behind the original “Avatar,” “Avengers: Endgame,” “Titanic” and “Avengers: Infinity War.” It also came close to dethroning “Infinity War,” which placed fourth with $1.370 billion.

“The Way of Water” hit theaters last December, nearly 13 years after the original. The sequel cost around $460 million to produce and promote, making it one of the most expensive films ever made.

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