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Avatar 2 Crosses the $1.7 Billion Mark and Leapfrogs ‘Jurassic World’ to Become the 7th Highest Grossing Movie in History

Avatar 2 Crosses the $1.7 Billion Mark and Leapfrogs ‘Jurassic World’ to Become the 7th Highest Grossing Movie in History

James Cameron’s Avatar 2 achieves another milestone over the week as it finally reaches the $1.7 billion mark worldwide, surpassing Jurassic World with a total of $1.67 billion. This pushes Avatar: The Way of Water up to the seventh spot of the highest-grossing movies of all time.

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Avatar: The Way of Water (2022)

After four weeks since it premiered, the Avatar sequel has earned $517 million at the domestic box office and $1.19 billion overseas. Based on global ticket sales, it has also become the highest-grossing film of 2022. Now, fans expect Cameron’s second installment of the Avatar franchise to reach the $2 billion mark soon.

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James Cameron’s Avatar 2 Sets The Groundwork For A More Exciting Plot

Despite the film’s weak opening last December, it managed to pick up speed during the holiday season. With a whopping budget estimated at $350 million, the movie needs to make twice or thrice to break even. The performance of the sequel will also determine the fate of the planned future installments.

Cameron has announced before that he has already filmed the third and fourth movies alongside Avatar 2, and fans have been treated to several hints on what to expect. In James Cameron’s previous interview, the director revealed his intention to introduce new characters in the franchise that fans have not yet met.

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Avatar: The Way of Water (2022)

The Ash people, who represent the fire, will make their way into the movie series in the third installment. For years, the Na’vi were represented as good; this time, the director wanted to show their darker side. This is a great contrast to the theme of The Way of Water.

Cameron told French publication 20 Minutes via Total Film:

In the early films, there are very negative human examples and very positive Na’vi examples. In Avatar 3, we will do the opposite. We will also explore new worlds while continuing the story of the main characters.”

The director has been generous with sharing tidbits of information regarding the upcoming movies. Cameron also once mentioned that he likes to keep the audience interested in the franchise, otherwise he would conclude the movie with up to three films only.

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Avatar 2 Will Have To Hustle Hard To Reach The Number 1 Spot

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Avatar: The Way of Water (2022)

The future is looking bright for Cameron’s The Way of Water, although it would need double effort if it aims to hit the number one spot. There are still other blockbusters like 2021’s Spider-Man: No Way Home (1.916 billion), 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War ($2.048 billion), and 2015’s Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens ($2.069 billion) among others, to overtake.

While the festive season is now over, and people go back to work and school, Avatar 2 might experience a bit of a slow movement. Despite so, the movie has already been considered profitable, which means it is enough to make and produce more future sequels.

Avatar: The Way of Water is now showing in theaters worldwide.

Source: Forbes, 20 Minutes via Total Film

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Written by Ariane Cruz

Content writer at FandomWire.