‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ breaks 2022 box-office report

Disney and twentieth Century Studios’ “Avatar: The Way of Water” has formally surpassed $1 billion on the world field workplace quicker than another movie launched this yr, the studio large introduced Wednesday.

As of Tuesday, James Cameron‘s motion-capture blockbuster had amassed $1.03 billion. It is the sixth title ever to reach this milestone within the first two weeks of its release and the first to achieve this feat since Sony Pictures’ “Spider-Man: No Way Home” crossed a billion late final yr, in keeping with Disney.

Over the Christmas weekend, “Avatar: The Way of Water” topped the worldwide field workplace for the second consecutive week with $224.6 million for a worldwide cumulative of $855.4 million, in keeping with estimates from measurement agency Comscore. Throughout its opening weekend, “Avatar: The Way of Water” grossed $134 million on the home field workplace and a further $301 million internationally.

Directed by Cameron, “Avatar: The Way of Water” stars Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang and Kate Winslet. The motion epic acquired a strong 78% contemporary ranking on review-aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, and a superb A-grade from audiences polled by CinemaScore.

“Cameron’s return trip to Pandora has been long in the making and nearly as long in the mocking,” Occasions movie critic Justin Chang wrote in his assessment.

“More than a few have expressed exasperation with the director’s ever-outsized ambitions and even cast doubt on the first ‘Avatar’ pop-cultural legacy. It’s hardly the first time Cameron has been dinged in advance for an Olympian folly, and if the pattern holds, this latest and most ambitious picture will stun most of his naysayers into silence.”

By Wednesday morning, the hit sequel had bested Common Photos’ “Jurassic World Dominion” because the second-biggest world launch of the yr and the third-biggest world launch of the pandemic period. For now, Paramount Photos’ “Top Gun: Maverick” continues to be the highest-grossing film of 2022 with a worldwide cumulative of $1.49 billion, whereas “Spider-Man: No Way Home” maintains the report for the highest-grossing movie of the pandemic period with a worldwide cumulative of $1.92 billion, in keeping with Comscore.