'Avatar' sequel now ranks fourth all-time in global sales

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Jan 30 2023 06:51 AM

A still from the movie 'Avatar: The Way of Water' by James Cameron. Handout
A still from the movie "Avatar: The Way of Water" by James Cameron. Handout

LOS ANGELES, United States- "Avatar: The Way of Water" continued to dominate the box-office charts, taking in an estimated $15.7 million this weekend in North American theaters to make it the fourth-leading global grosser of all time. 

The Disney/20thCentury sci-fi film, directed by James Cameron, "has been #1 for 7 straight weeks... a feat that hasn't been accomplished" since Cameron issued the original "Avatar" in 2009, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said on Twitter.

Hefty results from theaters around the world -- including $237 million in ticket sales in China -- helped boost "The Way of Water" to fourth place globally all-time at $2.117 billion, unadjusted for inflation. 

That means Cameron now has his name on three of the four top grossers ever: the original "Avatar," "Titanic" and "The Way of Water" ("Avengers: Endgame" from Disney and Marvel sneaks in at second).

Below are the top 10 highest earning movies worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo:

1. Avatar    $2,923,706,026

2. Avengers: Endgame    $2,799,439,100    

3. Titanic    $2,194,690,964    

4. Avatar: The Way of Water    $2,116,580,771    

5. Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens    $2,071,310,218

6. Avengers: Infinity War    $2,052,415,039    

7. Spider-Man: No Way Home    $1,921,847,111

8. Jurassic World    $1,671,537,444

9. The Lion King    $1,663,075,401    

10. The Avengers    $1,520,538,536    


In second place for the North American weekend was Universal's family-friendly "Puss in Boots: The Last Wish," at $10.6 million for the Friday-through-Sunday period.

In third, up two spots from last weekend, was Sony's feel-good "A Man Called Otto," at $6.8 million. Tom Hanks plays the title curmudgeon in the adaptation of Swedish novel "A Man Called Ove."

Scary-doll thriller "M3GAN" from Universal and Blumhouse Productions took in $6.4 million to place fourth. It has an android doll, created as a companion to a young orphan, turning steadily creepier.

And Yash Raj Films' new action thriller "Pathaan" placed fifth at $5.9 million, an impressive North American total for a Hindi-language film. It stars Shah Rukh Khan, known as the "King of Bollywood," in a story about spies, rogue agents and a deadly lab-generated virus.

Rounding out the top 10 were:

"Missing" ($5.7 million)

"Plane" ($3.9 million)

"Infinity Pool" ($2.7 million)

"Left Behind: Rise of the Antichrist" ($2.3 million)

"The Wandering Earth 2" ($1.4 million)


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