- “Avatar: The Way of Water” is now the No. 6 biggest movie ever, topping “Spider-Man: No Way Home.”
- It’s close to surpassing the box-office totals of “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
- That would give director James Cameron three of the five biggest movies of all time.
“Avatar: The Way of Water” keeps on climbing.
The sequel to the highest-grossing movie of all time became the sixth-biggest movie ever on Tuesday, topping “Spider-Man: No Way Home’s” $1.92 billion at the global box office.
The movie shows no signs of slowing down and is close to surpassing the worldwide box-office totals of the No. 5 movie, “Avengers: Infinity War” ($2.05 billion) and No. 4, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” ($2.07 billion).
That would mean director James Cameron would have made three movies in the top five, including the first “Avatar” (No. 1) and “Titanic” (No. 3).
Cameron had initially suggested the movie would have to be make at least $2 billion just to break even, but later lowered that threshold.
More recently, he said that the movie is successful enough to make the planned third, fourth, and fifth installments, which are set for release in 2024, 2026, and 2028.
“The Way of Water” has earned over $570 million in the US, where it’s the No. 13 highest-grossing movie ever in the country, but has had smaller drops week-to-week than the typical blockbuster. That suggests the movie will continue to have strong legs.
It still has a ways to go to catch the first “Avatar,” which earned $2.9 billion worldwide, including $785 million in the US.
But no matter where “The Way of Water” tops out at the box office, one thing is clear: the “Avatar” franchise is alive and well, even after a 13-year wait between movies.
“I know what I’m going to be doing the next six or seven years,” Cameron said on a recent episode of HBO Max’s “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace?”