This Wednesday, Avatar 2 became the highest-grossing film of 2022, accounting for earnings that will continue into 2023, beating Top Gun Maverick (is available on Star Plus), which had been the most watched of the year, with more than $1.48 billion in revenue.
Avatar 2: The Way of Water broke the US$ 1,500 barrier and is on its way to reach US$ 2,000 million without problems. How far it will go will depend on various situations, but count on several factors to help it, including its tightness in China (something Top Gun couldn’t achieve), and the absence of heavyweight rivals, at least until 17 in February when Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania premieres.
That is to say, Avatar 2 has more than a month and a half still without blockbuster competition and it will be necessary to see how the Marvel film fares since the last films and series will not achieve the impact of the other phases of the MCU, with exception. from Spider-Man 3: No Way Home.
At this point, the industry does not know what will be the technology of The Way of Water. The barrier of 2,000 million was the goal of both James Cameron as director and producer, but he had seen nothing but himself and managed to reach US$ 3,000 million, to move on to the first installment of Avatar.
In any case, with these numbers, the premieres of Avatar 3 (which will premiere in 2024 and is already filmed) are not in danger, as Avatar 4 (which will arrive in theaters in 2026 and also has several scenes already produced), Avatar 5 is projected to be released in 2028, closing a cycle of 5 films… which if they maintain these numbers will have no rivals in terms of revenue.
Although, updating the numbers for inflation, surely the Star Wars saga (which I know can watch on Disney Plus like Avatar) esté por encima, nadie puede dudar the success of Avatar in particular and of James Cameron as a director who also has Titanic among the 3 highest grossing films in history, and other resounding successes like Terminator 1 and 2, Aliens. and The Abyss.
Beyond the fact that Avatar 2 beat Tom Cruise and beat Top Gun Maverick at the box office, for the actor, the film meant his biggest success of his career and a strong push for Mission Impossible 7, which will debut on July 2023, with the sequel (Mission Impossible 8) to be released in 2024.
Avatar 2 will premiere in streaming on Disney Plus in the second half of 2023.