James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water continues to make a massive impact a month and a half after its theatrical release.
Just days after overtaking Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War at the worldwide box office, the first of Cameron’s Pandora-centric sequels has now grossed $2.074 billion. The Way of Water is now the fourth highest grossing film of all time at the worldwide box office. It is below Cameron’s Titanic ($2.19 billion), Avengers: Endgame ($2.799 billion) and the first Avatar film ($2.9 billion).
Avatar: The Way of Water, the fourth highest-grossing film
So director James Cameron has three films in the top 5 most profitable productions in history, according to official data.
More than $1 billion of the film’s box office was earned from 3D screenings, meaning that roughly half of those who ventured into theaters to enjoy the film had a preference for this format. In addition, The Way of Water last week became the second highest grossing IMAX film in history, with $227 million gross from the format surpassed only by its predecessor Avatar.
Not only is The Way of Water the highest-grossing film of 2022, it’s also the highest-grossing film of this year’s Best Picture Oscar nominees. The film is also nominated for Best Visual Effects, Best Production Design and Best Sound. The 95th Academy Awards ceremony will take place on 12 March at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California. It remains to be seen how many awards the film can take home, after the original Avatar won three out of nine nominations in 2010.