In its opening weekend, 20th Century Studios’ Avatar assumed the No. 1 position at the global box office 13 years after its original release in 2009—earning $30.5 million ($10 million domestically and $20.5 million internationally), according to Comscore. Re-released around most of the world, Avatar is reminding audiences of the amazing and immersive 3D world of Pandora leading into December’s long-anticipated release of Avatar: The Way of Water. The blockbuster first film in the franchise also added to its worldwide box office record as the highest-grossing film of all time.
Internationally, the opening weekend earnings ($20.5 million) were higher than the entire run of Spider-Man: No Way Home’s re-release in 2022, and ahead of Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace’s 3D re-release in 2012.
Written and directed by James Cameron, Avatar stars Sam Worthington as Jake Sully, Zoe Saldaña as Neytiri, Stephen Lang as Col. Miles Quaritch, Michelle Rodriguez as Trudy Chacón, and Sigourney Weaver as Dr. Grace Augustine. The film was produced by Cameron and Jon Landau. Nominated for nine Academy Awards®, including Best Picture and Best Director, the film won three Oscars®: Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, and Best Visual Effects.
Avatar will play in theaters for a two-week limited engagement.