‘Avatar 2’ On Pace to Beat ‘Top Gun’ as 2022’s Biggest Movie

January 02, 2023

(Bloomberg) -- Walt Disney Co.’s Avatar: The Way of Water is on pace to become the top-selling movie released in 2022 after leading the box office for a third straight weekend. That puts Disney’s film on track to surpass the $1.49 billion in sales for Paramount Global’s Top Gun: Maverick, the current highest-grossing film released in 2022. The Tom Cruise fighter-jet movie made the most money at domestic theaters within the year, while The Way of Water tops it internationally. Avatar films incorporate the real-life movements of actors playing members of an indigenous Na’vi humanoid race into on-screen animation. North American box office sales reached about $7.46 billion in 2022, far less than the $11.4 billion sales figure from 2019, Comscore estimated.