James Cameron’s “Avatar: The Way of Water” has surpassed “Top Gun: Maverick” as the highest-grossing movie of 2022.
As of Wednesday, the Avatar sequel has grossed $1.51 billion globally, which bests the $1.49 billion “Top Gun: Maverick” grossed earlier this year.
The first “Avatar” is the biggest movie of all time, with $2.9 billion at the global box office.
Only five films have ever grossed over $2 billion: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Avengers: Infinity War”, “Avengers: Endgame”, “Titanic”, and “Avatar”. And, of those five, two are directed by James Cameron.
Cameron had suggested that the movie needed to earn $2 billion to break even, telling GQ in November that it had to be the “third or fourth highest-grossing film in history.” Variety recently reported that the break-even number was closer to $1.5 billion.