Feel defeated, Tom Cruise. James Cameron has officially made the biggest movie of 2022.
It took the action film "Top Gun: Maverick" more than four months to reach $1.48 billion in revenue. The highest-grossing movie of 2022 is now beaten by "Avatar: The Way of Water", which reaches the same totals after just three weeks.
At the time of writing, James Cameron's theatrical spectacle has grossed $1.43 billion. It is expected to overtake the "Top Gun" sequel in revenue today or tomorrow.
"Avatar 2" cost 350 million dollars to shoot, and the marketing should have cost a fortune as well. The director himself stated that the film needs to make around $2 billion - and become one of the four biggest box office hits of all time - to break even financially.
Variety believes, however, that Disney will make a profit already with revenues of 1.5 billion, which will therefore happen already this week.
At this breakneck pace, it's probably only a matter of time before Cameron and his blue love warriors reach the next milestone of 2 billion. So far, only five films have succeeded in that: "Avengers: Infinity War" and "Avengers: Endgame", "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and James Cameron's own "Titanic" and "Avatar", of course. The original film is still today the biggest box office success of all time with revenues of 2.9 billion dollars.