'Avatar: Way of Water' breaks $500 million mark in US box office in just 4 weeks

Avatar: Way of Water continues to impress as it crosses the $500 million mark at the U.S. box office in just four weeks.

In its fourth weekend in theaters, "Avatar: Way of Water" is on track to cross $500 million domestically. In the Avatar sequel, Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) return to the big screen with their own family, who moves to the planet Pandora Shangshuiju is another place where the Metkayina clan lived. The film continued to shine through its first post-fest weekend, and it appears there are more box office records on the way.

According to Deadline, Avatar: Way of Water is expected to gross between $38 and $43 million in its first month of release, and whether it falls on the low or high end of these projections, it will soar past the half-billion mark at Canada and the United States. The film has already set multiple box office records following its brief but successful theatrical run, including Beyond Top Gun: Maverick becoming the highest-grossing film worldwide on the 2022 film calendar. Avatar 2 also took in $1.546 billion ahead of domestic results this weekend.

Will Avatar 2 Hit $2 Billion?

Before Avatar: Way of Water, James Cameron Expressing his belief that the film will not be considered a financial success unless it crosses the $2 billion mark at the global box office. However, the film recently crossed the $1.5 billion mark in less than a month of release, and in response to the milestone, Cameron acknowledged that the movie did hit the profitable threshold. The update means he's ready to continue working on the next three Avatar sequels as he originally planned. Still, the latest box-office results aren't stopping Avatar: Way of Water from boosting profits, as the film appears likely to exceed Cameron's original $2 billion goal.

Cameron continues to take an innovative approach to his filmmaking style, and Avatar: Way of Water is no exception. The second part uses underwater motion capture technology for the first time, presenting breathtaking visual effects. The use of groundbreaking technology and the 13-year wait also heightened anticipation, especially when Cameron talked about needing the right technology to effectively make the sequel. "Avatar 2" has overtaken "The Avengers" ($1.521 billion) to become the ninth-biggest film of all time at the worldwide box office, and in its fourth weekend, It added 130 more screens to help boost its already impressive numbers.

Despite a disappointing opening weekend, "Avatar: Way of Water" had the third-highest third-weekend gross of $67.4 million on record and is expected to earn $38-43 million in its fourth weekend. Ranked between third and fifth. However, the sequel faces new competition at the box office, as comedy-horror M3GAN is expected to hit theaters. Still, the film has crossed $1 billion overseas, so Avatar: Way of Water's current global gross of more than $2 billion seems like a very likely ending.

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