Latest Avatar: Way Of Water Box Office Records Show It's Not Slowing Down
"Avatar: Way of Water" set a record for the highest-grossing Wednesday of 2022 in the final week of the year, with a stellar run at the box office.
The landmark box office hit of "Avatar: Way of Water" hit another record high before the end of the year. The film, a belated sequel to James Cameron's 2009 hit "Avatar," opened in theaters Dec. 16 and has grossed more than $1 billion worldwide in just 14 days Dollar. Cameron, who is back at the helm of the project, which also features a host of original cast members including Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldanha and Sigourney Weaver, admitted the big-budget film's break-even point is in the 20s. billions of dollars or so. At this point, however, that dizzying goal still seems entirely achievable.
Avatar: Way of Water set another 2022 box office record, according to Deadline. Just on the last Wednesday before New Year's Eve, the movie set the top-grossing Wednesday of 2022 with $20.4 million. It's an impressive achievement by any measure, but what's even more surprising is that the film's first week only scored the second-best Wednesday of the year (behind Top Gun: Maverick on June 1. $14.8 million), indicating the film's ability to grow exceptionally in a week a week, and with a considerable gap.
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Although "Avatar: Way of Water" will be the No. 1 film in international markets this year, it will not be the No. 1 film worldwide in 2022. That title will still belong to the legacy sequel Top Gun: Maverick, whose landmark success has led to an entirely unusual situation, with its explosive domestic box office more or less matched by international success. Comparable performance. While it won't claim the top spot, Avatar: Way of Water's release at the end of the year could mean it's in the top three in 2022 and 2023. Totally uncommon situation. Last year's "Spider-Man: Nowhere to Return" will land at No. 9 after taking the top spot last year. However, if "Avatar: Way of Water" can meet Cameron's goal of more than $2 billion, it could break the record set by "Spider-Man: Homeless." Achieving that goal would mean it rakes in an additional $1 billion or more in the first few months of 2023, an impressive win, especially in the age of COVID-19.
"Avatar: Way of Water" is highly competitive next year, but given the vagaries of the box office of late, it still has the potential to top the list. It will have to face Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, the sequel to a film that grossed a staggering $1.15 billion worldwide. The upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 5 and the "Transformers" and "Fast & Furious" franchises will also face some hurdles, but the latest box office record proves the growth potential of the "Avatar" sequel, so it's not worth shorting it.
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