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The Original Avatar Is Just Shy of $3 Billion at the Global Box Office

CBR 10/15/2022 Raavya Bhattacharyya
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The re-release of Avatar is pushing the film's lifetime global box-office earnings towards $3 billion.

At the time of writing, James Cameron’s sci-fi blockbuster has amassed a whopping $2.92 billion at the global box office, continuing its run as the highest grossing film of all time. Avatar re-released in September to allow audiences the opportunity to revisit the iconic film with remastered sound and visuals as they await the release of the sequel, Avatar: The Way of Water, later this year. Though a major share of its earnings was made during its original release in 2009, the film still managed to make a significant box office impact this time around.

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Since its re-release, Avatar has made over $18 million domestically and $39 million from overseas territories. Avatar’s running domestic total currently stands at $785 million, making it the fourth-largest earning film of all time in the U.S. Star Wars: The Force Awakens tops the domestic list earning $936 million in 2015.

Avatar has been re-released a total of four times since its record-breaking original run. In 2011, a special extended edition was released in theaters and grossed a total of nearly $45 million worldwide. Another re-release took place in 2020 that was specific to APAC territories, while the third was in China in 2021. Avengers: Endgame briefly overtook Avatar and made it to the top spot on the global box office, but the China-specific re-release in 2021 helped Avatar reclaim its spot.

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Avatar's Legacy

Avatar released to widespread critical-acclaim in 2009. Starring Sam Worthington, Zoë Saldaña, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez and Sigourney Weaver. The sci-fi flick is set in the 22nd century and revolves around themes of colonization, community and identity. It was particularly praised for its revolutionary visual effects and epic storytelling. Cameron announced the release of four sequels after the success of the first film that have been in development over the last 13 years.

The second film in the franchise, The Way of Water, is slated to release in theaters in December. Many of the original cast members are set to return including Worthington, Saldaña, Lang and Weaver. The sequel is directed by Cameron and co-written by Cameron and Shane Salerno. An 18-minute clip from the film was recently showcased at the Busan International Film Festival where producer Jon Landau and Cameron discussed the film’s creative process, visual effects and the future of the franchise.

Avatar: The Way of Water is scheduled to hit theaters on Dec. 16.

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