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James Cameron is the only director with three $2 billion films
January 24, 2023
Director of “Titanic”. James Cameron he just ticked off another iconic box as he became the only director in history to have three films gross over $2 billion at the box office. Cameron is behind several wildly successful films such as the first ‘Avatar’ film, ‘Titanic’, ‘The Terminator’ franchise, ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ and others.
Ahead of the release of “Avatar: The Way of the Water,” Cameron revealed that he already has sequels planned for the fifth film, which will be released in the coming years. However, this was on the condition that the second and third movies did as well as the original “Avatar” movie, which opened in theaters in December 2009.
Now, months after the comment, the film has crossed $2 billion at the box office, making the celebrated director the brain behind three of the world’s most successful films.
Read on to learn more.
James Cameron has directed three $2 billion movies
Cameron has just become the first director to pass a major milestone. This weekend, the success of Avatar: The Last Airbender makes the filmmaker the only director with three films to surpass the $2 billion benchmark. The film achieved this at the international box office on Sunday, just six weeks after its release.
“Avatar: The Way of Water” grossed $2.024 billion against a budget of $350-460 million. Cameron’s other two films to cross the $2 billion mark are the first film, “Avatar” (2009), which grossed $2.9 billion on a $237 million budget.
Second is 1997’s “Titanic,” which grossed $2.1 billion against a $200 million budget. In addition to Cameron’s three successful films, only three other titles have crossed the $2 billion mark, and they’re all from Disney.
‘Avatar 2’ is the 6th highest grossing film of all time
Cameron’s 2009 “Avatar” is the highest-grossing film ever released, with Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame” (2019) in second place. The film grossed $2.798 billion on a budget of $356-400 million. Third in line is “Titanic” with $2.1 billion, followed by “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (2015) with $2.071 billion. The latter was made with a budget of 306 million dollars.
Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War” (2018) is next and grossed $2.052 billion on a budget of $325-400 million. With $2.024 billion, “Avatar: The Way of the Water” made the film the sixth highest-grossing film of all time.
It took time to reach $2 billion at the box office:
Titanic: 5233 days The Awakening Force: 54 days Infinity War: 48 Days Avatar: 47 days Avatar 2: 37 days End game: 11 days
After the release of the first movie “Avatar” in December 2009, it reached and crossed the $2 billion benchmark in 47 days. In comparison, “Avatar: The Way of Water” used only 37 days to do so. “Avengers: Endgame” is currently the fastest to reach $2 billion in 11 days, while “Titanic” took the longest at 5,233 days.
James Cameron is making more “Avatar” sequels
The huge success of ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ means fans can expect more from the ‘Titanic’ actor. Earlier, Cameron revealed that he plans to release three more “Avatar” movies in 2024, 2026 and 2028. However, the release of the final two will depend heavily on the box office performance of “The Way of Water.”
Before it hit $2 billion, the filmmaker joined HBO Max’s “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace?” for his show. where he revealed that he would be moving forward with the final two sequels. He said per The packaging“It looks like with the current momentum of the film, we’ll easily get through our break even in the next few days, so I can’t seem to get out of this and have to do the rest. sequels.”
The director added: “I know what I’m going to be doing for the next six or seven years.” Cameron has previously mentioned how expensive the films are to make, noting that they are “pretty damn expensive”.
James Cameron wants Avatar 2 to become one of the highest-grossing films ever
Previously, Metro revealed that Cameron wanted the “Avatar” sequel to be one of the highest-grossing films. The director explained that several people took his comments differently, believing that the film would need to gross $2 billion (£1.65 billion) and enter the top 10 to break even.
Cameron explained: “(I) never actually gave a number. I said it should be one of the highest grossing movies in history and someone else applied that number and it went viral. That number is actually less.”
The director also revealed that he intended to enter into discussions with Disney regarding the upcoming installment of “Avatar 3.” “We’ve already captured and photographed the entire film, so we’re in extended post-production to do the CG magic,” Cameron said. And then Avatar 4 and 5 are also written. There are even some of the 4 in the box.”