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Avatar: The Way of Water Box Office Swims Past $600 Million in One Week

Avatar: The Way of Water has now grossed $609.7 million (approx. Rs. 5,052 crore) at the worldwide box office. This represents commercial numbers for the new Avatar film through Thursday, reflecting strong mid-week performance, following its big $435 million (approx. Rs. 3,604 crore) collection in the opening weekend. About $427 million (approx. Rs. 3,540 crore) has been raised from markets outside the US, including India and the all-too-rare biggest market for Hollywood since the COVID-19 pandemic, China. Within the US and Canada, James Cameron’s much-awaited sequel has grossed a total of $183 million (approx. Rs. 1,516 crore).

According to Deadline , the top 10 markets for Avatar 2 from outside the US were led by China, which earned $70.5 million (approx. Rs. 584 crore), with France adding $37 million (approx. Rs. 306 crore) to the bag. Avatar: The Way of Water also did quite well in Korea, adding $32.1 million (approx. Rs. 266 crore) to the collection. Meanwhile, Disney India announced that the film managed to pull in Rs. 235 crore (approx. $28.3 million) in the country. Coming back to Europe, German theaters pulled in $26.1 million (approx. Rs. 216 crore) in ticket sales, while the UK poured in $21.6 million (approx. Rs. 179 crore).

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In addition to that, we have Brazil, where Avatar 2 has grossed $12.6 million (approx. Rs. 104 crore), which was slightly topped by Italy with $13.8 million (approx. 114 crore). Mexico has so far contributed $19.4 million (approx. Rs. 161 crore), whereas Australia drove Pandora business worth $15.8 million (approx. Rs. 131 crore).

It’s in the coming weeks when Avatar 2’s strength will be fully tested, based on how many slots it’s able to fill on a recurring basis. The original 2009 Avatar managed to collect just $242 million (approx. Rs. 2,004 crore) at the worldwide box office in its opening weekend, but sustained enough hype in the coming months to become the biggest film of all time. Neither Disney nor 20th Century Studios has revealed the production budget for Avatar: The Way of Water, but reports suggest it is around $400 million (approx. Rs. 3,313 crore).

To break even, the film needs to become “the third or fourth highest-grossing film in history,” Cameron previously said. (This is because production budgets do not account for marketing expenses.)

For what it’s worth, Cameron has experience getting there. His 1997 disaster romance film Titanic, and JJ Abrams’ soft reboot Star Wars: The Force Awakens have both grossed over $2 billion (around Rs. 16,500 crore) apiece. Clocking in at 3 hours and 12 minutes, the hefty running time of Avatar: The Way of Water is also said to pose a challenge in driving people to theaters. Although it didn’t stop Titanic.

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

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