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‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ passes ‘Titanic’ and becomes third highest-grossing movie of all time

‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ continues to climb when it comes to box office numbers.

‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ continues to climb when it comes to box office numbers.

James Cameron’s 1997 ‘Titanic’ has lost its place as the third highest-grossing movie of all time after being passed by the director’s latest film, ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’.

Released in December 2022, the ‘Avatar’ sequel has now accumulated $2.2433 billion worldwide while ‘Titanic’ stands at $2.2428. ‘The Way of Water’ has already surpassed hit movies such as ‘Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens’, ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’.

The film is only behind ‘Avengers: Endgame’ which grossed $2.7 billion, and the first ‘Avatar’ at $2.9 billion.

The sequel follows Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), Ney’tiri (Zoe Saldana) and their family when an ancient threat resurfaces and war breaks out.

The future of ‘Avatar’

Cameron has confirmed an additional three sequels, and while little is known about potential storylines, he has teased the appearance of Fire Na’vi in the third film. ‘Avatar 3′ has actually completed production and is currently in post-production.

“We’re looking at a couple of years of post-production,” Cameron told Entertainment Weekly.

Franchise producer Jon Landau confirmed that the crew will continue to push boundaries with the next few movies.

“Each movie will introduce audiences to new biomes,” he said. ”Each movie is going to introduce audiences to new clans, new cultures on Pandora. Once we introduce a character, they stay a part of the ongoing evolution.

“We just add to it. So you can expect to see the Metkayina that you meet in this movie in subsequent movies. There are other clans that we’ll introduce in movie three that you’ll see in movie four and so on and so forth.”

In regards to making further technological advancements with future films, Lanau said: “We are continually trying to push the boundaries of what is possible.

“Let’s keep venturing there.”

‘Avatar 3′ is currently slated for a December 2024 release date.