James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water has become the sixth film in history to gross more than $2 billion globally. It is also the filmmaker’s third picture to reach the milestone, following Titanic and the original Avatar.
The mega-achievement was predicted ahead of the weekend, with the global total for the 20th Century Studios/Disney sequel currently standing at $2.024 billion through Sunday. This includes $1.426 billion from abroad turnstiles.
Offshore, Way of Water has surpassed Avengers: Infinity War to become the fourth best-selling title of all time, after only Avatar, Avengers: Endgame, and Titanic. This gives Cameron bragging rights to three of the top four worldwide box office films of all time.
Way of Water is still the sixth highest-grossing picture of all time, with the Na’vi set to overtake Infinity War and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. When that happens later this week, the epic sci-fi adventure will become the fourth best-selling film of all time, giving Cameron three of the top four spots.
Avatar: The Way of Water has also made $227 million in IMAX, passing Star Wars: The Force Awakens to become the second-highest-earning film in the format’s history.
This sixth weekend overall witnessed a 38% dip internationally, bringing in an additional $53.6M. Avatar 2 saw a 56% dip in China due to the release of multiple titles for the Lunar New Year (more on that below), but it still grossed $229.7M there, making it the highest-earning studio picture of the epidemic period and passing the initial release of the first Avatar.
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