This past weekend, “Avatar: The Way of Water” became the fourth highest-grossing film worldwide at the global box office, surpassing “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
Nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, the film remained No. 1 at the domestic box office after seven weekends in release — a feat that has not been achieved since the original “Avatar” was released in 2009. Additionally, “Avatar: The Way of Water” is the second fastest film in history to reach $2 billion (after “Avengers: Endgame”) and it is now the 11th highest-grossing release of all time domestically.
“Avatar: The Way of Water” is also the highest-grossing film of all time in France, Austria, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Lebanon, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Georgia, Cambodia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Colombia, and Puerto Rico. James Cameron has directed three of the top four releases of all time: “Avatar” (No. 1), “Titanic” (No. 3), and “Avatar: The Way of Water “(No. 4).
The Walt Disney Studios has released three of the top five global releases of all time, with “Avengers: Endgame” (No. 2), “Avatar: The Way of Water” (No. 4), and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (No. 5). It is also now home to Avatar (No. 1) and holds the international distribution rights to “Titanic” (No. 3), which round out the top five. Of the top 10 global releases of all time, Disney makes up more than half the list with “Avengers: Endgame” (No. 2), “Avatar: The Way of Water (No. 4), “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (No. 5), “Avengers: Infinity War” (No. 6), “The Lion King” (2019) (No. 9), and “Marvel’s The Avengers” (No. 10).