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Avatar: The Way of Water Box Office Hits $1 Billion, Joins the Club in Just 2 Weeks

Avatar: The Way of Water is now part of a billion-dollar movie club. In just 14 days since its release, the James Cameron-directed Avatar sequel has become the fastest to cross the global box office this year, behind Spider-Man: No Way Home’s record in 2021. The latter accomplished the feat in just 12 days , becoming the first film in the COVID-19 pandemic era to reach the milestone. Avatar: The Way of Water is the sixth film ever to gross $1 billion in its first two weeks of release and the fourth Disney release to do so. According to the latest figures available, Avatar 2 has collected $712.7 million (approx. Rs. 5,900 crore) from markets outside the US, pushing it to the #2 position on the highest grossing films of 2022. The film has grossed $317.1 million (approx. Rs. 2,625 crore) from the US and Canada, bringing its total current figure to $1,025 billion (approx. Rs. 8,487 crore).

Apart from Avatar: The Way of Water, in 2022, only two other films have managed to cross the billion-dollar mark – the Tom Cruise-led Top Gun: Maverick with $1.4 billion (approx. Rs. 11,592 crore) and Chris Pratt starrer Jurassic World Dominion earns $1.003 billion (approx. Rs. 8,304 crore) in just over four months. The former managed to reach the threshold in just 31 days since it premiered in cinemas.

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This year would also be the first in a long time that a superhero or a Star Wars film hasn’t topped the global box office list — that’s excluding the 2020 lineup, which saw very few theatrical releases thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns. So, the last time we saw a similar case was in 2014, when Transformers: Age of Extinction dominated with $1.1 billion (approx. Rs. 9,105 crore) in global box office sales.

While a performance on such a scale is considered a huge positive in most other cases, it remains unclear whether Avatar 2 can reach the estimated break-even. Remember, Cameron previously suggested that the film would need to become the “third or fourth highest-grossing film in history” to reach that goal. The positions currently held by his own 1997 disaster romance film Titanic, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens — both films have grossed $2 billion (approx. Rs. 16,551 crore) apiece. There is also no official word on the budget, with several reports citing it to be somewhere between $350 million (approx. Rs. 2,898 crore) and $400 million (approx. Rs. 3,312 crore).

As hinted before, Avatar: The Way of Water has surpassed Jurassic World Dominion to become the number 2 release of 2022 worldwide and number 3 during the pandemic. The film has little to no major Hollywood competition until February, which is when Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania — the next Marvel movie — hits theaters. That clear runway should only help Avatar 2’s success.

Avatar: The Way of Water is now playing in theaters globally. In India, Avatar 2 is available in English, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu.

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