Box Office Milestone: ‘Avatar 2’ Sails Past $2B Globally

Sail on. Avatar: The Way of Water has crossed the $2 billion mark at the global box office in a huge win for director James Cameron, who is the only

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global total of $2.024 billion, the top gross of the pandemic era. It has earned $598 million domestically and $1.426 billion overseas, including a hefty $230 million in

China. The Way of Water is only the sixth film to clear the $2 billion threshold, not adjusted for inflation. The first Avatar, released 13 years ago,

remains the top-grossing film of all time with $2.9 billion in global ticket sales, including rereleases. Cameron’s Titanic is also part of the club at $2.19 billion.

When promoting The Way of Water, Cameron indicated it would ultimately need to earn in the $2 billion range to be considered a smash success. The sequel cost Disney and 20th

Century north of $400 million to produce before marketing. Cameron’s film has been a bright spot for the box office since its release in mid-December and has remained

at the top of the chart. In terms of other top global earners, Avengers: Endgame ranks No. 2 behind the first Avatar, earning $2.79 billion. More to

come.