Second ‘Avatar’ film on track to set more records
Published on: Saturday, February 04, 2023
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Second ‘Avatar’ film on track to set more records
The third film in the ‘Avatar’ franchise is expected in December 2024 in theatres. (AFP pic)
PARIS: He’s once again “king of the world.” James Cameron has made a successful comeback with the sequel to his “Avatar.”

The second opus in the saga is the fourth most lucrative film in history and is on track to overtake another blockbuster from James Cameron film, “Titanic.”

James Cameron alone has made three of the top five highest grossing films at the global box office.

Released on cinemas the week of Dec 14, 2022, “Avatar: The Way of the Water” has earned US$2.128 billion in revenue, according to Box Office Mojo.

This puts it in fourth place in the world rankings, just behind another James Cameron film, “Titanic” and its US$2.194 billion in revenue.

The first opus of the “Avatar” saga, released in cinemas in 2009, still leads the world rankings with US$2.923 billion in revenue.

The Russo brothers follow closely in second place with the legendary Marvel superheroes in “Avengers: Endgame” and its US$2.79 billion in revenue.

The sequel to the American blockbuster “Avatar: The Way of the Water” has managed to overtake the box office numbers of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” by JJ Abrams and its 2.071 billion dollars as well as “Avengers: Infinity War” and its 2.052 billion dollars in revenue, again directed by the Russo brothers.

James Cameron is a regular at the box office. While “Avatar” has long reigned supreme on the global box office charts, the sci-fi film was relegated to second place following the release of “Avengers: Endgame” in 2019, but quickly regained its top spot following its theatrical re-release ahead of the saga’s sequel.

James Cameron also accomplished the feat of making “Avatar: The Way of the Water” the second film to overtake the US$2 billion mark more quickly than “Avengers: Endgame.”

The success of the film is good news for Disney, which acquired 20th Century Fox Studios in 2019, since with its budget of US$460 million, “Avatar: The Way of the Water” is one of the most expensive films in history.

Three more sequels are already expected in the coming years, with Cameron indicating that Avatar 3,4, and 5 are written, and given the success of Avatar 2, if the other sequels continue in this vein, it will be likely that audiences will get to see it.

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