By Stephen Ippolito | March 13th, 2021
Earlier this week, it was announced that the 2009 blockbuster film Avatar would be getting a re-release in China. With the film only $7.82M away from Avengers: Endgame ($2,797B) at the all-time worldwide box-office, it was expected to reclaim the title as highest-grossing movie ever. Now it looks like it officially has.
Earlier today, Disney announced that the James Cameron directed film has earned $12.3M and is now the king of the box-office world ($2.802B) once again.
The question now becomes, if both films keep getting re-releases, will this become a trend over the coming years of the two switching places? Disney does own the distributing rights for both, so the House of Mouse will have to decide who stays on top.
If I had to guess, I would say the company for now will keep Avatar on top just to make James Cameron happy. The legendary director seems like a big ego type of guy, plus it’s widely known his views on superhero films. So to keep him happy while he works on the sequels, I bet Disney will let his film stay on top.
With the rise of streaming and the Coronavirus pandemic decimating the theater industry, the chances I’d say, of both films eventually being overtaken are slim. If there was a film though, it would probably be the next Avengers film or Avatar 2.