France’s Love for ‘Avatar’ Helped Get ‘The Way of Water’ Past ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

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The sequel has grossed over $130 million and counting from the French, as their country’s film industry anticipates a rebound in 2023

"Avatar: The Way of Water" and Le Grand Rex theater in Paris

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To get an understanding of just how deeply “Avatar” has ingrained itself in the minds of moviegoers worldwide — as “The Way of Water” has now passed “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” on the box office charts — look no further than one of its best-performing countries: France.

Outside the $620 million from U.S./Canada and the $237 million from China, France is the top-grossing market for “Avatar: The Way of Water” with $136.9 million so far. The country was in the same third-place spot behind the U.S. and China with the first “Avatar” in 2009 with $174 million grossed.