Disney rules wordwide box office thanks to ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ overperforming

Over the New Year’s long weekend, the box office in the United States and Canada, as well as internationally, was once again dominated by Avatar: The Way of Water, James Cameron’s new film that remains virtually unchallenged in theaters.

This past weekend, Cameron’s film earned $67.4 million at the domestic box office, for a total of $425.5 million. Worldwide, the film has earned $997 million, for a total of $1.44 billion, ranking 13th all-time and still with several weeks of release to go, so it should enter the Top 10 in the coming days.

Disney, box office leader thanks to Avatar 2

The above numbers place Walt Disney as the No. 1 studio in annual box office (2022) for the seventh consecutive year. Disney earned $4.9 billion in grosses in 2022, of which $2 billion was from the domestic box office and the rest international.

Disney had a strong year-end boost following the release of Avatar: The Way of Water, which surpassed $1 billion in two weeks. These numbers were achieved by Disney with 16 theatrical releases throughout the year.

Second place went to Universal Studios

Below Disney was Universal, which in 2022 brought in $3.9 billion at the box office, a billion less than the leader. Universal earned $1.64 billion at the domestic box office and $2.25 billion internationally.

Among the titles that helped Disney crown itself again as box office champion were Avatar: The Way of Water, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Thor: Love and Thunder.