A very strong Christmas weekend has pushed “Avatar: The Way of Water” to $955 million in ticket sales.
On Monday, James Cameron’s long-delayed sequel generated a huge $31.5 million domestically and $52.2 million internationally, bringing its respective totals to $293 million in North America and $661 million overseas.
Its non-domestic $661 million is the third-highest haul since the pandemic began, and that is with a COVID-ridden China and without a boycotted Russia. “Top Gun: Maverick” ($760 million) is its next target, and “Spider-Man: No Way Home ($1.1 billion) after that.
In just two weeks, “The Way of Water” has already passed the global box office tallies of “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” ($800 million), “The Batman” ($770 million), and “Thor: Love and Thunder” ($760 million) and “Minions: The Rise of Gru” ($939 million).
It’s currently tied with “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” ($955.7 million globally) as the third-highest-grossing movie of the year.