The Avatar series, The Way Of Water, will pass the $1 billion mark on Tuesday night, just 13 days after its global launch.
Deadline reported Tuesday morning that the film has already made more than $900 million over the Christmas holidays.
And the movie picked up more momentum on Monday, also known as Boxing Day, which had many people off work as Christmas fell on a Sunday this year.
Big money: Avatar sequel, The Way of Water, will pass the $1 billion mark on Tuesday after just 13 days of its global release
HURT FILM: (LR) Kate Winslet, Sigourney Weaver, James Cameron, Zoe Saldana, and Sam Worthington Dec. 4 in London
The film held the top spot for the second consecutive week with a weekend total of $19.5 million.
Despite a frigid winter storm across the United States that caused power outages in some theaters and closed highways, the long-awaited sci-fi epic managed to cross the $700 million mark worldwide, according to The Wrap.
The sequel earned $434.5 million at the box office during its global debut.
Going strong: Deadline reported Tuesday morning that the film has already made more than $900 million over the Christmas holidays
Avatar director James Cameron said the film, which tied with Batman as the fourth-highest domestic debut of the year, needs to earn $2 billion to break even.
The original Avatar didn’t have a brutal opening weekend, opening in mid-December 2009 to $77 million although it eventually grossed a record $749.7 million domestic and still-record $2.7 billion (which has since grown to $785.2 million domestic and $2.9 billion worldwide (with reposts).
Some box office analysts have predicted that Avatar: The Way of Water could be the fourth release in December to pass the $200 million opening weekend threshold.
Good news: The movie picked up more momentum on Monday, aka Boxing Day, which had many people off work as Christmas came on a Sunday this year.
The only three films to achieve this feat were Marvel’s 2021 blockbuster Spider-Man: No Way Home and two of the three Star Wars sequels – 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($248 million) and 2017’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi ( 220 million dollars).
The original Avatar’s path to box office history was unusual, with most of the top-grossing films landing in massive, over-the-top opening weekends.
Back in 2009, the opening weekend box office numbers were held by The Dark Knight, which opened to $158.4 million in mid-July 2008, surpassing $533.3 million domestically and just over $1 billion worldwide.
Avatar’s success was largely due to consistent viewings at a level seldom seen at the box office, which allowed it to maintain the number one spot for eight consecutive weeks.
BIG BUDGET: Avatar director James Cameron said the movie needs to make $2 billion to break even; He was seen with his wife Susie Amis on December 6 in London
(L to R) Alan Bergman, Disney Studios Head of Content, Brendan Coyle, Jimmy Flatters, Jack Champion, Jon Landau, Stephen Lang, Kate Winslet, James Cameron, Sigourney Weaver, Trinity Jo Lee Bliss, Zoe Saldana, Billy Bass and Sam Worthington, Joel David Moore and Steve Asbell on 6 December
While most films drop 50% or more in their second weekend and beyond, Avatar dropped just 1.8% in its second weekend and 9.4% in its third weekend, never dropping more than 50% through the end of the year. Sixteenth week of 34 weeks.
Avatar: The Way of Water takes fans back to the magical world of Pandora, where Marine Jake Sully has made a new life and family with Neytiri (Zoe Saldana).
Stephen Lang returns as Miles Quaritch, with new cast members including Kate Winslet, Giovanni Ribisi, Jemaine Clement, and more.
Star-studded cast: Avatar: The Way of Water takes fans back to the magical world of Pandora, where Marine Jake Sully makes a new life and family with Neytiri (Zoe Saldana)
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