The worldwide gross for James Cameron’s Avatar The Way of Water has surpassed $1 billion. The 20th Century Studios/Disney sequel reached the milestone with Tuesday’s box office receipts, as we noted yesterday. After only 14 days of global availability, this benchmark has been reached.
Way of Water can now boast that it reached the $1 billion mark in 2022 and $1 billion since Spider-Man: No Way Home. It also made history by becoming the fourth Disney release and only the sixth movie in history to gross over $1 billion in its first two weeks of release.
According to Disney, The Way of Water made an additional $23.8 million on Tuesday in North America and a sizable $50.8 million abroad to finish the day with a home total of $317.1 million and $712.7 million abroad for a global haul of $1.029 billion. China has the highest foreign total at $108 million.
The period between Christmas and New Year’s can be advantageous for holiday releases; Avatar 2 is the most recent illustration.
Cameron said that for The Way of Water to be deemed successful, it would ultimately need to gross somewhere around $2 billion. Before marketing, the sequel’s production cost was at least $350 million to $400 million.
With $2.9 billion in worldwide ticket sales, including rereleases, the first Avatar, which debuted 13 years ago, continues to be the highest-grossing movie of all time.
Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, and Sigourney Weaver, who starred in the first “Avatar” film, are back for the sequel, which follows the Sully family as they travel underwater to fend off the elements and protect the Na’vi from mankind. Stephen Lang, Kate Winslet, Edie Falco, and Jemaine Clement are additional cast members.