It wasn't too long ago that people were doubting if Avatar 2 was ever going to see the light of the day. Now, everyone will forever remember Avatar: The Way of Water as one of the highest-grossing films of all time.
Shortly after replacing Avengers: Infinity War on the all-time box office charts, the Avatar follow-up has force pushed Star Wars: The Force Awakens down a peg to become the fourth-highest-grossing film in history.
Variety reports that Avatar 2 has made $2.075 billion at the global box office, surpassing the $2.071 billion box office haul of Star Wars: The Force Awakens from 2015. The sequel is now on track to replace Titanic's spot in the triumvirate of the most lucrative films in cinema history with only $120 million or so to go.
This should be excellent news for James Cameron who set a high bar for Avatar: The Way of Water.
Unfortunately, this also puts pressure on Cameron and 20th Century Studios to deliver on the succeeding Avatar films on their slate. The threequel is expected to hit theaters on December 20, 2024. This gives Cameron little time to celebrate the feat of being the only director to have three top four movies globally of all-time. Perhaps the only feat more impressive is the one Zoe Saldana has under her belt.
At this point, the only record that Avatar: The Way of Water has little chance of beating is being the highest-grossing film in the United States.