Avatar: The Way of Water has officially crossed the $1 billion mark at the global box office in just 14 days, making it the fastest film to reach the milestone in 2022.
As reported by Variety, Avatar: The Way of Water brought in $317.1 million in North America and $712.7 million internationally, bringing its global total to $1.025 billion. It has so far surpassed Jurassic World Dominion as the second highest-grossing film of the year and is currently at the third spot amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jurassic World Dominion took four months to cross the billion mark, and the other $1 billion box office film in 2022, Avatar: The Way of Water Sits Behind – Top Gun: Maverick – took 31 days to reach the milestone. For another comparison, it took just 12 days for Spider-Man: No Way Home to earn $1 billion.
Avatar: The Way of Water opened on December 16, 2022, and earned $134 million in North America and $435 million globally in its first weekend.
Director James Cameron has said that Avatar: The Way of Water is the third or fourth highest-grossing film of all time, meaning he will have to make more than $2 billion globally if he wants to do so. . The sequel to 2009’s Avatar cost approximately $350 million and marketing costs exceeded $100 million.
The original Avatar took 17 days to gross $1 billion at the global box office, and went on to earn a ton more, becoming the highest-grossing film of all time with $2.97 billion.
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In our Avatar: The Way of Water review, we said it was “a clear improvement over its predecessor and, although its story isn’t breaking new ground, its jaw-dropping visuals make it a unique return to Pandora.”
For more, see Which James Cameron-directed film IGN viewers like best, our explainer of the ending of Avatar: The Way of Water, and where the sequel ranks on our list of Cameron’s best movies.
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