James Cameron's "Avatar: The Way Of Water" Breaks Box Office Records



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James Cameron's "Avatar: The Way Of Water" Breaks Box Office Records

James Cameron's highly-anticipated sequel "Avatar: The Way Of Water" has officially become one of the highest-grossing films of all time, overtaking "Jurassic World" with a global gross of $1.708 billion. The film, which was released in 2022, has been breaking records since its debut, topping the US box office charts for four consecutive weekends with a weekend gross of $45 million, according to Box Office Mojo.

"Avatar: The Way Of Water" has now grossed $517 million in North America and an impressive $1.19 billion overseas, making it the fifth highest-grossing international film of all time, ahead of only "Avatar", "Avengers: Endgame", "Titanic" and "Avengers: Infinity War." The film's worldwide gross has also made it the highest-grossing film released in 2022 and the second-highest-grossing film of the pandemic era, behind the 2021 sequel "Spider-Man: No Way Home" (1.91 billion dollars).

This success has led many to believe that "Avatar 2" has a real chance to cross the $2 billion worldwide benchmark, a near-impossible feat in the current climate of COVID-19. Even "Spider-Man: No Way Home," which was a one-time box office sensation, failed to reach this milestone, as the superhero sequel was not shown in China, which is a major market for Marvel movies.

“I’m not thinking of it in those terms,” Cameron said when told the stat. “I’m thinking of it in the terms of we’re going back to theaters around the world. They’re even going back to theaters in China where they’re having this big COVID surge.

We’re saying as a society, ‘We need this! We need to go to theaters.’ Enough with the streaming already! I’m tired of sitting on my ass”. Cameron spoke about the film turning a profit, “It looks like with the momentum that the film has now that we’ll easily pass our break even in the next few days, so it looks like I can’t wiggle out of this and I’m gonna have to do these other sequels,” Cameron said.

“I know what I’m going to be doing the next six or seven years”. “The point is we’re going to be okay. I’m sure that we’ll have a discussion soon with with the top folks at Disney about the game plan going forward for ‘Avatar 3,’ which is already in the can – we’ve already captured and photographed the whole film, so we’re in extended post-production to do all that CG magic.

And then ‘Avatar 4’ and ‘5’ are both written. We even have some of ‘4’ in the can. We’ve begun a franchise at this point. We’ve begun a saga that can now play out over multiple films”.

It is worth noting that James Cameron has directed two of the only five films in history to surpass the $2 billion mark, which are "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).

This success further solidifies Cameron's place as one of the most successful and influential directors in the history of cinema.