“Avatar: The Way Of Water” Has Replaced “Titanic” As The Third Highest Grossing Film Of All Time

February 21, 2023 / Posted by:

If you have three and a half hours of your day to sit through a movie that’s a visual representation of what happens after sprinkling MiracleGro on the Smurf Village, then you need to see Avatar: The Way Of Water immediately. Since its release in December of last year, the film has become an international success, which must keep director James Cameron moooo-ing with pride as the cash cow of Tinsel Town. But one of his other films, Titanic, featured a different kind of blue people (the frozen kind). And it has sunken down one slot to become the fourth highest-grossing film of all time since The Way of Water has gone on to make a whopping $2.2433 billion at the worldwide box office and is locked in at the number three slot.

According to Variety, James Cameron now has the distinction of being the only director with three films that take up the top five highest-grossing movies of all time. I guess this means he never has to cower in fear awaiting that dreadful “Your account balance is LOW” email the rest of us fear because with the third installment lined up for December of next year and two more films after that, James’ pockets will never be empty again.

The sci-fi sequel has generated $2.2433 billion globally, enough to overtake “Titanic” ($2.2428 billion) at the worldwide box office. Now, “The Way of Water” trails only “Avatar” ($2.92 billion) and “Avengers: Endgame” ($2.7 billion) on the all-time charts. Cameron, the sole filmmaker with three movies to gross $2 billion or more, has directed the first, third and fourth biggest releases ever.

In North America, “The Way of Water” is the ninth-highest grossing movie ever with $657 million to date. In order to fly higher on the all-time domestic charts, it’ll have to take down “Titanic” (at No. 8 with $659 million) and “Avengers: Infinity War” (at No. 7 with $678 million).

This really isn’t that surprising since Hollywood runs on money, and as long as there’s a check to be cashed, then James will probably be making these films for the rest of his life. Hopefully, he can cut down on its run time because three hours is way too long. And please, I hope the Avatar franchise doesn’t go the way of the Fast & Furious franchise. Because none of that shit makes sense anymore. Anytime you can roll a car down a hill and emerge without one scratch it’s time to hang it up for good.

Pic: 20th Century Studios

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