Avatar: The Way of Water has earned close to $1 billion thanks to overseas releases, a milestone the film is likely to hit sometime this week.
Avatar: The Way of Water is close to earning $1 billion from overseas box office sales alone. The highly-anticipated sequel to James Cameron’s 2009 Avatar has seen a major boost in profits during the holiday season, crossing $1 billion in global earnings within 14 days. Audiences are praising the film for its simple, family-centric story that is bolstered by environmental messages and gorgeous computer-generated effects which bring the world of Pandora to life.
According to Variety, much of Avatar: The Way of Water‘s success can be attributed to overseas audiences, with the film having earned almost $1 billion thanks to international box offices. Avatar: The Way of Water earned $956.9 million internationally, compared to $421.6 million domestically. The high earnings from overseas viewers indicate the film will likely cross $1 billion in international box office sales later this week. Much like the first film, international sales have been key to Avatar: The Way of Water‘s financial success.
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Avatar: The Way of Water‘s success isn’t too surprising given the first Avatar‘s status as the highest-grossing film of all time. Much like the first movie, Avatar: The Way of Water draws audiences in through its visual spectacle, the world of Pandroa brought to life through incredible detail thanks to high-end computer generation technology. Avatar: The Way of Water also has the privilege of being the first film to utilize underwater motion capture, a technological feat that Avatar fans and moviegoers in general may be curious to see.
The story of the film was also shrouded in mystery thanks to trailers that didn’t specify any plot details. While this may explain why the movie underperformed slightly during its first week at the box office – earning $134.1 million domestically against a $145 million projection – the story may have helped it gain ground in theaters after its initial release. Avatar: The Way of Water‘s heartfelt family tale explores Jake Sully’s role as a father while also acting as a coming of age drama for his children. The story is set against a backdrop of conflict as well, as humanity’s return forces the Sully family to take refuge with water-based Na’vi.
Avatar: The Way of Water presents a simple story alongside revolutionary visual effects, both elements likely contributing to its powerful box office performance worldwide. With international box office earnings set to overtake $1 billion later this week, it seems Avatar: The Way of Water is likely to continue its streak of high earnings in theaters for a while. While it’s unclear if the film can beat Avatar‘s record as the highest-grossing movie of all time, Avatar: The Way of Water has still showcased high profitability that paint a bright future for Cameron’s planned sequels.
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