Avatar: The Way of Water is continuing its march through the upper reaches of the all-time takings charts as it becomes the sixth film to break the $2bn mark in worldwide box-office receipts.
Deadline predicts that it will overtake the next two films, Avengers: Infinity War and Star Wars: The Force Awakens later this week to reach No 4., the Avatar sequel directed by James Cameron reached a total of $2.024bn on Sunday, meaning that it is now ahead of Spider-Man: No Way Home and Jurassic World on the .
This will mean Cameron will have directed three of the top four films of all time, with the first Avatar film at No 1 with $2.9bn, and Titanic at No 3 with $2.2bn. Only Avengers: Endgame, at No 2 with $2.8bn, interrupts the sequence.
Avatar: The Way of Water’s results have been greatly assisted by its dominance outside the US box office. Deadline reports it has become the No 1 all-time film in Austria, Lebanon, Slovakia, Mongolia and Colombia among others, and has become the biggest Hollywood film of all time in India (where it has taken $57.9m). Its strongest non-US territory is China, where it has been the No 1 film for five weeks and yielding $229.7m. However the lunar new year holiday has seen a crop of commercial new releases, with The Wandering Earth II replacing it at the top of the charts.
suggests that the film’s final haul will be at least $2.5bn, which would see it overtake Titanic and land in third place.