This Sunday, Oscar-winning director James Cameron joined an exclusive club that he is the only member of so far. James Cameron with three $2 billion films at the global box office, is the only director who achieves this.
"Avatar: The Way of Water," his most recent movie, has now made $2 billion, making Cameron the first director to have three movies reach that mark.
He used to be tied with the Russo Brothers, who are known for making both "Avengers: Endgame" and "Avengers: Infinity War" for Marvel. With "Titanic," "Avatar," and "Avatar: The Way of Water," Cameron now has three of the six highest-grossing movies of all time.
This Sunday, Oscar-winning director James Cameron joined an exclusive club that he is the only member of so far. He is the only director to have made three movies that made more than $2 billion at the global box office.
After 'Avatar: The Way of Water's huge success, the director has made a hat trick, adding it to his two biggest hits, 'Avatar' and 'Titanic,' which each made $2.9 billion and $2.1 billion. Only three other movies besides Cameron's have made more than $2 billion at the global BO, and all of them are owned by Disney.
At the global box office, "Avengers: Endgame" earned $2.7 billion, "Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens" earned $2.071 billion, and "Avengers: Infinity War" earned $2.052 billion.
Since the movie cost a lot to make, the director said in November that for the movie to make money, it needs to be the third or fourth-highest-grossing movie of all time. Variety says that he told studio heads:
You have to be the third or fourth highest-grossing film in history. That’s your threshold. That’s your break even.- Variety
In a different interview, the director talked about how long it had been since the first two "Avatar" movies came out. Cameron told The Wrap:
I think people should remember that we were away from the market for a long time. But part of that was that we were putting into a pipeline five movies. I mean one that we’ve already done, four new films and shooting two movies back-to-back – Movie 2, Movie 3, and part of Movie 4.- James Cameron
And, that has to do with sort of a story point and a big time jump that takes place. Because we wanna shoot out the kids cause they were ageing so quickly. 'Avatar 4' is fully written and fully designed, 'Avatar 5' is fully written and fully designed. These movies exist in our minds. These stories exist.- James Cameron
The original Avatar is the most profitable movie of all time, but it took 47 days for the movie to make $2 billion, according to a tweet from TV personality Jon Erlichman.
Compared to that, the sequel to Avatar only took 37 days to pass that mark. The fantasy series, which is a sequel to the first movie from 2009, is now the sixth highest-grossing film of all time. Fans can't wait to see how the Na'vi fight to save their planet from humans in the sequel.
Avengers: Endgame was the first superhero movie to get on the exclusive list. It did so in just 11 days, which shows how powerful it is. Cameron's Titanic took the most time to make $2 billion at the box office. It took 5,233 days after the movie came out in theaters.
Fans can be sure that there will be more sequels to Avatar: The Way of Water because of how well it did. Cameron had said before that there would be three more movies in 2024, 2026, and 2028, but the last two would depend on how well The Way of Water does at the box office.
The fantasy movie Avatar: The Way of Water has made James Cameron a record-breaking director, as it has made more than $2 billion at the box office.
Cameron is the only director who has ever had three movies gross more than $2 billion. The first Avatar and Titanic, both from 1997, also did better than that mark. Only six movies have ever passed that mark, which makes it even more impressive.
Avengers: Infinity War ($2.052 billion), Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($2.071 billion), and Avengers: Endgame ($2.798 billion) round out the list. All three are owned by Disney, which is a huge production company.