James Cameron's 3+ hour-long sequel Avatar: The Way of Water finally hit theaters this weekend and audiences are pouring back into theaters to sit through the action-packed adventure. Reviews and critics continue to praise Cameron's return to the franchise he defined back in 2009 but will it be enough to justify the film's $500+ Million budget and exceed Cameron's own expectations? This post will chronicle box office updates as new figures are released.
December 16th-18th, opening weekend:
Avatar 2 has so far come in below the $150-$175 Million box office projections expected from its opening weekend, however the film is making decent returns - with a $53 Million opening day (the first Avatar made $27 Million on its first day) and a $45 Million take on Saturday, the domestic total sits at $127.1 Million (Internationally, China adds to the global take by bringing the total to $180.1 Million). That's only a 15% drop off from opening day - which is very good!
Opening Weekend Totals:
Avatar 2 managed to rake in a total of $134 million domestically during its opening weekend in total - globally the film has earned $435 million during its first weekend!
As of its second week at the box office, Avatar 2 has officially raked in $317.1 million domestically and $712.7 million internationally - bringing the global total haul to an impressive $1.025 billion so far!
As of this weekend, Avatar 2 has become the fourth largest U.S. grossing film at the global box office of all time, with a staggering $2.92 billion haul! This puts it ahead of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and is on track to surpass Star Wars: The Last Jedi as well! At the time of this update, The Way of Water has reigned as #1 at the box office for 7 straight weeks in a row!
Statistics will continue to be added as this article is updated with new daily and weekly totals. Be sure to check back often for more updates!