Pandora is mightier than a galaxy far, far away.
Avatar: The Way of Water has overtaken Star Wars: The Force Awakens as the fourth highest-grossing film of all time. Director James Cameron’s sci-fi epic has grossed $2.075 billion at the worldwide box office.
The Force Awakens, another sci-fi sequel that released long after previous installments, finished its theatrical run at $2.064 billion after hitting theaters in December 2015.
With this latest milestone at the box office, Cameron now has three of the four highest-grossing films in history – the original “Avatar” is still the champion, while “Titanic” sits in third place.
Ahead of The Way of Water on the list of top grossers of all time are Avatar ($2.92 billion), Avengers: Endgame ($2.79 billion) and Titanic (2, 2 billion US dollars). “Avatar: The Way of Water” has quickly moved up the record books, topping “Spider-Man: No Way Home” ($1.92 billion) on January 18 and “Avengers: Infinity War” (2, 05 billion 26.
Internationally, Avatar: The Way of Water is now the fourth highest-grossing film in history at $1.46 billion. Domestically, it ranks as the 12th highest grossing and has the potential to pass The Incredibles 2 ($608 million) and Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($620 million) before the weekend is over is.
Industry sources point out that Avatar: The Way of Water needed to make $1.5 billion to break even, while Cameron once stated that it would have to be “the third or fourth highest-grossing film in history” to make profits. Well, it’s certainly gotten there now.
A third “Avatar” entry is slated for release as early as December 202, and there are plans for a fourth and fifth to continue the generational saga of Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri’s (Zoe Saldaña) family.
For the 2023 Academy Awards, The Way of Water received nominations for Best Picture, Best Production Design, Best Sound and Best Visual Effects.