At the end of its first week at the domestic box office, Avatar: The Way of Water is still trailing Top Gun: Maverick.

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The movie, which debuted in theatres on December 16, is the eagerly anticipated follow-up to the box office sensation Avatar from 2009, which is still among the all-time top-grossing movies.

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Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldaa, Sigourney Weaver, and Stephen Lang are just a few of the cast members who have returned for James Cameron to helm The Way of Water. However, not every actor is reprising their roles from the first movie.

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Deadline reports that Avatar: The Way of Water's domestic box office increased by $14.5 million yesterday, increasing its cumulative total to $197.5 million. This means that today, on day 8, it will surpass the $200 million milestone.

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The movie is being compared to other high-grossing but not record-breaking movies that took 8 days to cross that threshold, such as Captain Marvel from 2019 and Jurassic World Dominion.

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In terms of American box office performance during its first week in theatres, Top Gun: Maverick, this year's hit legacy sequel, did 4% better than it.

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On the scale dictated by the legacy of the first movie, Avatar: The Way of Water's first week has only been underwhelming.

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The movie, however, will need to accrue quite a few more weeks like this in order to break even because of its astronomical price tag (which has been projected to be somewhere between $350 and $450 million before taking publicity and advertising costs into account).

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Cameron himself has acknowledged that in order for it to be profitable, it will need to become one of the most successful movies of all time, which might call for a $2 billion worldwide total.

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Even if this first week was a little moist, that doesn't necessarily imply it won't succeed in that endeavour. Since Avatar: The Way of Water has a longer running time than three hours, fewer screenings per day can be held than with shorter movies.

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