Avatar: The Way of Water continues to make a splash at the box office as it closes in on $2 billion after just a month in theaters.
As per The Hollywood Reporter (opens in new tab), the Avatar sequel has now passed $1.9 billion, making it the sixth highest-grossing movie of all time (when not adjusted for inflation). Next in the Na’vi’s sights: Spider-Man: No Way Home – which took home $1.91 billion at cinemas.
The Way of Water is likely going to reach the $2 billion mark in the coming weeks, making it the third James Cameron movie to do so after 1997’s Titanic ($2.1 billion) and the first Avatar ($2.9 billion).
The Way of Water’s success means that planned sequels – including Avatar 4 and 5 – can now go ahead. It was reported that Avatar 2 would have to gross around $1.4 billion to break even.
"I know what I'm going to be doing the next six or seven years," director James Cameron told Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace (H/T The Hollywood Reporter (opens in new tab)).
"The point is we're going to be okay. I'm sure that we'll have a discussion soon with the top folks at Disney about the game plan going forward for Avatar 3, which is already in the can – we've already captured and photographed the whole film so we're in extended post-production to do all that CG magic. And then Avatar 4 and 5 are both written."
Avatar 3 is set to hit cinemas on December 20, 2024. Avatar 4 and Avatar 5 will follow in December 2026 and December 2028 respectively.
For more on what else is coming to the big screen, be sure to check out our guide to movie release dates.