The Way Of Water’ Grosses Over $1.1 Billion Worldwide

December 29, 2022


Avatar: The Way Of Water grossed more than $1.1 billion worldwide as of Thursday, 15 days after its release, as its predecessor, 2009’s Avatar, remains the highest-grossing film in history.

Key Facts

The Way Of Water grossed an estimated $20.4 million domestically and $50 million internationally on Wednesday.

It has grossed $337.8 million domestically and $762.8 million internationally.

The Way Of Water has earned $111.8 million in China—the most out of any other market outside the U.S.

The film crossed the $1 billion mark on Wednesday, 14 days after being released, becoming the sixth film to ever do so in that amount of time.

The Way Of Water is the eighth top-grossing domestic film of the year, behind No. 1 film Top Gun: Maverick ($718.3 million domestic gross).

Big Number

$2.9 billion. That’s how much the first Avatar has grossed in its lifetime. Top Gun: Maverick, the highest-grossing film worldwide in 2022, has grossed $1.4 billion, making The Way Of Water the second-highest grossing film of the year.

Key Background

It's estimated that Avatar: The Way Of Water cost over $350 million to make. Director James Cameron said the movie needs to be one of the highest-grossing films of all time to break even, roughly $2 billion. The film has a 92% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes and an A grade on Cinemascore. The Way Of Water was one of few recent blockbusters given the green light to open in China, a market that’s key to fueling its box office success. Spider Man: No Way Home took 12 days to earn at least $1 billion, and Top Gun: Maverick took 31 days.

Further Reading

How The ‘Avatar: The Way Of Water’ Opening Compares To Other Major Films This Year (Forbes)

Avatar: The Way Of Water Tops Box Office Charts, But Slightly Underperforms Expectations (Forbes)

‘Avatar: The Way Of Water’ Rakes In $53 Million Opening Day—Which May Not Be Enough (Forbes)

Critics Call ‘Avatar: The Way Of Water’ A ‘Grand Slam’ And ‘Hugely Entertaining’ Ahead Of Debut (Forbes)

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