Just over two months after he congratulated Avengers: Endgame for passing Titanic at the worldwide box office, James Cameron is now doing the same for Avatar. This weekend, Avengers: Endgame became the No. 1 film of all time with $2,790.2 million, surpassing the previous record of $2,789.7 million held by Avatar for nearly 10 years.
The social posts from the official Avatar accounts feature an image of the woodsprites (seeds of the Tree of Souls) laying on Iron Man, just like they did to Jake Sully in Avatar. In the image, James Cameron speaks Na’vi and says, “Oel ngati kameie, I see you Marvel – Congratulations to Avengers Endgame on becoming the new box-office king.”
Will Avengers: Endgame be able to hold on to the box office crown for long? That will be the question for the next few years as, in addition to Marvel Studios, The Walt Disney Studios now owns 20th Century Fox, which released Avatar and has four sequels coming up. Avatar 2 is scheduled for December 17, 2021, Avatar 3 for December 22, 2023, Avatar 4 for December 19, 2025, and Avatar 5 for December 17, 2027.
Before you say there’s no way that can happen, remember that over $2 billion of the Avatar grosses came from international markets, where the box office earnings have grown significantly over the last 10 years. For example, “only” $204 million of Avatar‘s overseas earnings came from China, whereas Avengers: Endgame has brought in $614 million there alone this year.
Also, don’t forget that there’s nothing stopping Disney from re-releasing Avatar before Avatar 2 comes out, so that people can get a refresher before the franchise continues (and thereby itself passing Avengers: Endgame again).
Alan Horn, Co-Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of The Walt Disney Studios, said the following this weekend: “A huge congratulations to the Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Studios teams, and thank you to the fans around the world who lifted Avengers: Endgame to these historic heights. Of course, even with the passage of a decade, the impact of James Cameron’s Avatar remains as powerful as ever, and the astonishing achievements of both of these films are ongoing proof of the power of movies to move people and bring them together in a shared experience. The talented filmmakers behind these worlds have much more in store, and we look forward to the future of both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Pandora.”
Avengers: Endgame shattered records when it opened day-and-date April 26 with $1,223.6 million globally, including $357.1 million domestically and $866.5 million internationally. It crossed the $1 billion mark in just five days and the $2 billion mark in 11.
UPDATE: The Russo brothers, who directed Avengers: Endgame, have responded to James Cameron in the best way possible…