“Avatar: The Way of Water” Becomes the Second-Fastest Movie to Cross $2 Billion

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The list of movies that managed to cross the coveted $2 billion mark is pretty short and Avatar: The Way of Water just became one of them! James Cameron’s highly-anticipated sequel earned $2 billion after only 37 days in theaters, becoming the second-fastest movie to do so.

The Way of Water is now the sixth highest-grossing movie of all time, and it’s joining the ranks as Avatar, Avengers: Endgame, Titanic, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Avengers: Infinity War as only the sixth movie in history to ever earn more than $2 billion worldwide.

It’s not a shocker to see The Way of Water reach this impressive number since it set many major box office milestones following its release on December 16, 2022. It became the highest-grossing movie of 2022, with the third largest opening during the pandemic era behind Marvel’s Spider-Man: No Way Home and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

The Way of Water has grossed $597.9 million domestically so far, but its performance overseas is even more impressive, with $1.426 billion earned outside of North America. It crossed the $2 billion mark in just 37 days, becoming the second-fastest movie to reach the milestone behind Avengers: Endgame.