'Avatar: Way of Water' Nears $1 Billion Overseas Only

"Avatar: The Way of Water" has grossed nearly $1 billion thanks to overseas releases, and the film is likely to hit the milestone sometime this week.

"Avatar: Way of Water" grossed nearly $1 billion overseas alone. The much-anticipated sequel to James Cameron's 2009 "Avatar" saw a huge jump in profits during the holiday season, surpassing $1 billion in global revenue in 14 days. Audiences praised the film for its simple, family-focused story supported by ambient information and gorgeous computer-generated effects that bring the world of Pandora to life.

According to Variety, the success of "Avatar: Way of Water" is largely due to overseas audiences, and the film has earned nearly $1 billion thanks to international box office. "Avatar: Way of Water" grossed $956.9 million internationally and $421.6 million domestically. High earnings from overseas audiences suggest the film could surpass $1 billion in international box office later this week. As with the first film, international sales are key to Avatar: Way of Water's financial success.

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Given that the first Avatar was the highest-grossing film of all time, the success of Avatar: Way of Water is not surprising. Like the first film, Avatar: Way of Water captivates audiences through its visual spectacle, Thanks to high-end computer-generated techniques, Pandroa comes to life with incredible detail. Avatar: The Way of Water also has the honor of being the first film to use underwater motion capture, a technical feat that Avatar fans and general moviegoers may be curious about.

The film's story is also shrouded in mystery as the trailer does not reveal any plot details. While that may explain why the film underperformed in its opening week — $134.1 million domestically against a projected $145 million — the story may have helped it gain traction in theaters after its premiere . Avatar: The Way of Water is a heartwarming family story that explores Jake Sully's role as a father while also serving as a coming-of-age drama for his children. The story is also set against the backdrop of conflict, as the return of humanity forces the Sally family to take refuge with the Waterkinawi.

Avatar: The Way of Water presents a simple story and revolutionary visuals, two elements that likely contributed to its strong global box office performance. The international box office will surpass $1 billion later this week, it seems "Avatar: The Way of Water" is likely to continue its high-grossing streak in theaters for a while. While it's unclear whether the movie will break Avatar's record as the highest-grossing movie of all time, Avatar: Way of Water still demonstrated high profitability, painting a bright future for Cameron's planned sequel.

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