Everyone knows that the first Avatar movie sold out at the box office back in 2009, before Star Wars was purchased by Disney and before Marvel's Avengers, Avatar was the largest film franchise in the late '00s.
Avatar grossed far more than $2.7 billion at the worldwide box office thanks to James Cameron's groundbreaking 3D technology. This record lasted for over ten years until Avengers: Endgame eclipsed it again in 2019.
Avatar regained its box office lead thanks to re-releases, and the film has now earned $2.9 billion. Many people thought Avatar's popularity was a fluke, and they did not anticipate it to follow.
Fast forward to early 2023, and Avatar: The Way of Water's box office performance exceeded all expectations. Although it may not outweigh the $2.9 billion that Avatar has earned, the film's current trajectory is expected to gross more than $2 billion worldwide.
Avatar: The Way of Water's global gross is $1.755 billion, according to Box Office Mojo. Most of the gross is distributed outside of North America, since the film's domestic earnings are just $525.7 million.
Avatar: The Way of Water has earned more money than almost every Star Wars or MCU film released till now. The only Star Wars and Marvel films that have grossed more than it are The Force Awakens, two Avengers films, and Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Avatar: The Way of Water's success has resulted in the film surpassing its break-even price of $1.5 billion. James Cameron has confirmed that he will continue to work on Avatar 3, 4, and 5 in the future.
Avatar: The Way of Water's final box office profit might be different from Titanic's lifetime earnings.