“Avatar: The Way of Water” is continuing to break records at the box office.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new sequel from director James Cameron has surpassed $2 billion in worldwide ticket sales, becoming only the sixth film in Hollywood history to surpass the $2 billion mark.
That should be seen as both a triumph and relief to Cameron, who had previously stated that the film — which cost $400 million to make, not including the massive marketing costs — would need to break $2 billion in order to be considered a success.
It remains to be seen whether the long-awaited sequel will overtake the original “Avatar”, which currently holds the record as the top-grossing film of all time with $2.9 billion in global ticket sales (including rereleases)
Cameron is also the only director to have helmed three of those six films; in addition to “Avatar” and “Avatar: The Way of Water” (which to date has raked in $2.024 billion), Cameron’s “Titanic” grossed $2.19 billion; “Avengers: Endgame” ranks No. 2 behind the first “Avatar”, with worldwide earnings of $2.79 billion.
While “Avatar: The Way of Water” is currently No. 6 in the over-$2 billion club, it’s predicted that within days the film will overtake “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” ($2.07 billion) and “Avengers: Infinity War” ($2.05 billion) to hit the No. 4 position on the list of all-time grossing movies.