James Cameron breaks record as Avatar 2 crosses $2 billion

Jake Sully brings his family to live with the Metkayina clan in Avatar: The Way of Water.  (20th Century Studios)

Avatar: The Path of Water (20th Century Studios)

Avatar: The Way Of Water turned James Cameron into a record-breaking director, as the fantasy movie crossed $2 billion at the box office.

The fantasy series, a sequel to the original 2009 movie, became the sixth highest-grossing movie of all time, with superfans looking to catch up with the Na’vi fighting to save their planet from humans.

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That makes Cameron the only director of three films to make more than $2 billion – the original Avatar and 1997’s Titanic both exceed that goal.

The turning point is even more impressive if you take into account that only six movies have passed.

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James Cameron (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Rounding out the list are Avengers: Infinity War ($2.052 billion), Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($2.071 billion), and Avengers: Endgame ($2.798 billion) – all owned by production giant Disney.

Currently, Avatar: The Way Of Water has an international gross of $2,024 billion, released in December 2022.

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The film is believed to have cost between $350 million and $460 million to make.

While Avatar: The Way Of Water was an undoubted box office success, the movie proved to be divisive between audiences and critics who loved it or hated it.

Avatar 2: The Path of Water (20th Century Studios)

Avatar 2: The Path of Water (20th Century Studios)

While the extravagant special effects were widely praised, the sequel seemed to have a similar problem as its predecessor did when it came to the story, especially given its three-hour runtime.

As a result, reviews ranged from five stars to just one star.

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Robbie Collin of The Telegraph gave the film one of five stars, saying that watching the film “feels like being covered with turquoise cement and water.”

In response, Empire magazine’s Nick De Semlyen gave Avatar five stars, congratulating Avatar as a film that “reminds audiences of what cinema can do” and calling director Cameron “a master and commander of mouth-opening.”

Cameron has at least three more movies in the series, and actor Sigourney Weaver has confirmed that he’s already read the scripts.

Avatar: The Way Of Water is now in UK cinemas.

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