‘Avatar: The Way Of Water’ Becomes Fastest Film To Hit $1 Billion Since ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’

'Avatar' director James Cameron and a crew of 55 have been given special permission to enter New Zealand to film the sequel to his 2009 smash hit, sparking anger over double standard
‘Avatar’ director James Cameron and a crew of 55 have been given special permission to enter New Zealand to film the sequel to his 2009 mega-hit.
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KEY POINTS

  • ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ has officially crossed the $1 billion mark
  • The film achieved the feat just 14 days after its worldwide release
  • It’s too early to tell if it could break the original film’s impressive record

“Avatar: The Way of the Water” continues to exceed expectations by officially crossing the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office this week.

The James Cameron-led sci-fi blockbuster hit another milestone on Tuesday by grossing $1 billion worldwide, just 14 days after its global release, Deadline first reported.

According to the outlet, the “Avatar” sequel now has bragging rights as the fastest film to hit the billion-dollar mark since 2021’s “Spider-Man: No Way Home.” also the fastest film to achieve such a feat in 2022 despite the setbacks caused by the pandemic and the American winter storm over the holiday weekend.

“The Way of Water” is currently the sixth film to cross that figure in its first two weeks of release.

As previously reported, the film which stars Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana in the lead roles was set to gross $900 million after grossing $855.4 million worldwide over the Christmas weekend.

Holiday movies in North America became very difficult due to the bomb cyclone. Overall reported revenue for Christmas Day was $34.4 million. But the film did very well elsewhere.

On Tuesday, “The Way of Water” grossed an additional $23.8 million in North America and $50.8 million overseas, bringing the domestic total to $317.1 million and the box- global office at $712.7 million, for a world record $1.029 billion, according to The Hollywood Journalist.

The 20th Century and Disney offering has performed impressively in China, with a current gross of $108 million, the outlet noted.

Despite its success, it’s still too early to tell if “Avatar 2” would be able to match or surpass the record set by its 2009 predecessor, which grossed $750 million in the United States and more than 2.7 billions of dollars worldwide throughout its run.

The sequel cost between $350 million and $400 million before market, so Cameron said it wouldn’t be considered a hit until it broke the $2 billion mark.

Meanwhile, the esteemed filmmaker recently revealed that he had to cut around 10 minutes of gunfight action from the film because he wanted to get rid of the “ugliness” and strike a balance between “light and dark. “.

Canadian filmmaker James Cameron and Suzy Amis Cameron pose on the red carpet at the world premiere of 'Avatar: The Way of Water'
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