Avatar: The Way of Water Box Office hits $1 billion and joins the club in just 2 weeks
Avatar: The Way of Water is now part of the Billion Dollar Movie Club. In just 14 days since its release, the James Cameron-directed sequel to Avatar has become the fastest to cross that global box office threshold this year, following the record breaking Spider-Man: No Way Home in 2021. The latter achieved the feat in just 12 days. , becoming the first film of the COVID-19 pandemic era to reach the milestone. Avatar: The Way of Water is the sixth film to gross $1 billion in its first two weeks of release and Disney’s fourth release to do so. According to the latest figures available, Avatar 2 has collected $712.7 million (about Rs. 5,900 crore) from markets outside the US, pushing it to the second position on the highest-grossing movies of 2022. film has grossed $317.1 million (approx. Rs. 2,625 crore) from the United States and Canada, bringing its total tally to $1.025 billion (approx. Rs. 8,487 crore).
Besides Avatar: The Way of Water, in 2022, only two other films managed to surpass the $1 billion mark – the Tom Cruise-led Top Gun: Maverick with $1.4 billion (approximately Rs. 11 592 crore), and Pratt’s starring Chris Jurassic World Dominion earns $1.003 billion (about Rs 8,304 crore) in just over four months. The former managed to hit the threshold in just 31 days since its debut in cinemas.
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This year would also be the first in a long time that a Star Wars superhero or movie hasn’t topped the global box office charts – excluding the 2020 lineup, which saw very few releases in theaters, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns. So, the last time we saw a similar case was in 2014, where Transformers: Age of Extinction dominated with $1.1 billion (roughly Rs. 9,105 crore) in global ticket sales.
While achievement on such a scale is considered overwhelmingly positive in most other cases, it’s still unclear if Avatar 2 can achieve the estimated break-even point. Remember, Cameron suggested earlier that the movie needed to become the “third or fourth highest-grossing movie in history” to achieve that goal. The positions currently held by his own disaster romance film from 1997 Titanicand Star Wars: The Force Awakens – the two films grossed $2 billion (about Rs. 16,551 crore) each. There is also no official word on the budget, with several reports citing it to be between $350 million (about Rs. 2,898 crore) and $400 million (about Rs. 3,312 crore) .
As previously reported, Avatar: The Way of Water has overtaken Jurassic World Dominion to become the number 2 release of 2022 worldwide and number 3 in the pandemic era. The film has little to no major Hollywood competition until February, when Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania – the next Marvel movie – hits theaters. This clear track should only contribute to the success of Avatar 2.
Avatar: The Way of Water is now in theaters worldwide. In India, Avatar 2 is available in English, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, and Telugu.
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