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Los Angeles, Dec 26 : The James Cameron-directorial 'Avatar: The Way of Water' is the fifth-highest grossing movie of the year.

The Disney and 20th Century's big-budget epic has collected $855 million in global ticket sales after 10 days on the big screen, reports 'Variety'.

So far, James Cameron's long-delayed sequel has generated $253.7 million at the US domestic box office and $600 million internationally.

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Even with harsh winter weather in North America and rising cases of Covid-19, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and flu across the world, the 'Avatar' sequel is expected to bring in strong grosses in the coming days.

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As per 'Variety', by the end of the year, the $350 million-budgeted tentpole is aiming to hit the $1 billion-mark. It's a benchmark that only two other movies, 'Top Gun: Maverick' and 'Jurassic World Dominion', have managed to hit in 2022.

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Outside of North America, 'Avatar 2' has enjoyed the strongest turnout in China with $100.5 million, followed by Korea with $53 million, France with $52.3 million, India with $37 million and Germany with $35.7 million.

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However, the follow-up film will struggle to reach the heights of its predecessor, which is the highest-grossing release in history with $2.97 billion worldwide.

The worldwide box office hasn't fully rebounded from the pandemic and important markets like China are experiencing a resurgence of the virus. Moreover, the sequel won't be playing in Russia, where the original grossed $116 million.

-- Syndicated from IANS

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