‘Avatar 2’ Sets Sights on Next Box Office Target: Beating ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’

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“The Way of Water” could become the pandemic era’s top grossing film as early as Sunday

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On Wednesday, Disney/20th Century’s “Avatar: The Way of Water” will pass $1.75 billion at the global box office, putting it approximately $150 million away from passing what currently stands as the highest grossing film of the pandemic era: Sony/Marvel’s “Spider-Man: No Way Home.”

It was a year ago that “No Way Home” became a cultural phenomenon as a “Spider-Man” crossover two decades in the making. While other films saw their box office fortunes killed by bad word-of-mouth and older moviegoers staying home amidst the COVID-19 Omicron surge, “No Way Home” was unstoppable, amassing an $814 million domestic total that stands is the third all-time highest before inflation and a $1.1