It’s certainly been a good few months for James Cameron, what with Avatar: The Way of Water reaffirming his status as the King of the World – in terms of box office, at least.
The sequel to 2009’s mega-blockbuster, The Way of Water swept aside any COVID hangover for the theatrical industry on its way to becoming the highest grossing movie of 2022, and now it has reached another milestone this past weekend by sinking Cameron’s own Titanic to become the third biggest movie of all time.
Although the weekend box office belonged to Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, the Avatar sequel took its worldwide haul to $2.245 billion this weekend to nudge it ahead of Titanic, whose own total gross has climbed to $2.243 billion thanks to its latest re-release for its 25th anniversary this month.
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With its theatrical run winding down, The Way of Water isn’t going to trouble Avengers: Endgame in second place on $2.799 billion. The Marvel blockbuster temporarily dethroned the original Avatar to become the biggest film of all time back in 2019, although a couple of subsequent re-releases for Cameron’s film have since pushed it to $2.924 billion.
Set more than a decade after the events of the first film, “Avatar: The Way of Water” begins to tell the story of the Sully family (Jake, Neytiri, and their kids), the trouble that follows them, the lengths they go to keep each other safe, the battles they fight to stay alive, and the tragedies they endure.
Avatar: The Way of Water is directed by James Cameron and sees Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, Matt Gerald, Dileep Rao, Stephen Lang, Giovanni Ribisi, and Sigourney Weaver all reprising their roles from the 2009 blockbuster, while new additions to the cast include Kate Winslet, Oona Chaplin, Cliff Curtis, Britain Dalton, Filip Geljo, Jamie Flatters, Bailey Bass, Trinity Bliss, Jack Champion, Duane Evans Jr., Edie Falco, Brendan Cowell, Michelle Yeoh, Jemaine Clement, Keston John, and CJ Jones.