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‘Avatar’ Overtakes ‘Avengers: Endgame’ as highest grossing film worldwide

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Disney has now officially confirmed that Avatar has overtaken Avengers: Endgame as the highest-grossing movie of all time at the global box office. This was possible due to the movie’s re-release in China on Friday last week.

Avatar overtakes Avengers: Endgame, becomes highest-grossing film of all time

Avatar Overtakes Avengers: Endgame as highest grossing film worldwide
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After the reissue in China, the 2009 film managed to earn an estimated RMB 80 million ($12.3 million). This, when added to its previous tally, takes Avatar’s gross to $2.802 billion. Whereas Avengers: Endgame stands at $2.797 billion. However, due to the acquisition of 20th Century Fox, both these movies fall under the umbrella of Disney. Previously, Avatar broke the record of Cameron’s own 1997 movie Titanic. Then, in July 2019, Endgame overtook it, but now the latter is back in the lead.

Avatar producer Jon Landau had this to say about this news:

We are proud to reach this great milestone, but Jim and I are most thrilled that the film is back in theaters during these unprecedented times, and we want to thank our Chinese fans for their support. We are hard at work on the next Avatar films and look forward to sharing the continuation of this epic story for years to come.

Even after a decade, director James Cameroon believes that Avatar is still relevant to this day. He believes the movie depicts our contentious relationship with mother nature, in regards to deforestation, global warming, etc. He said:

We’ve got climate change, we’ve got deforestation, our relationship with nature is more at risk than it’s ever been, and Avatar is about those things, but it also is a timeless film. Some people criticize the stories for being too simple. It wasn’t that simple — it was universal. It was something that everybody everywhere could understand and emotionally related to.

However, the story of Avatar might not be over just yet. The sequel has been in production and did not experience much delays due to the pandemic because its shooting is taking place in New Zealand. Disney has scheduled Avatar 2 for Dec. 16, 2022, part 3 for Dec. 20, 2024, part 4 for Dec. 18, 2026, and part five for Dec. 22, 2028.

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