We thought that the victory would be decided on the wire.
And that December 31 would look like a regatta.
But two days before the transition to 2023, "Avatar: the Way of Water" folded the game.
This Thursday, December 29, James Cameron's film exceeded the 6.7 million admissions reached by "Top Gun: Maverick" in France.
In sixteen days, the science fiction feature film has therefore done better than its rival in seven months.
By dethroning Tom Cruise, "Avatar 2" also won first place in the French box office.
The film should end 2022 with 7 million admissions.
Before raising several more millions in 2023, experts see this production, the first part of which had reached 14.6 million spectators in France, cross ten million tickets sold.
Over $1.5 billion in revenue
If France is the third largest global contributor to Cameron's feature film in terms of box office receipts (after the United States and China), according to "Variety", the global receipts of "Avatar 2" are about to surpass those of "Top Gun: Maverick".
Or the trifle of 1.5 billion dollars.
Consequence of this global card: Disney should soon announce that after "Avatar 3", already shot and announced in theaters on December 18, 2024, "Avatar 4" and "Avatar 5" will soon be launched.
On the French film side, there is no longer any suspense either as to the first place on the 2022 podium. If "November" has come very close to "What have we done to God?"
“, the last two days of the year will not be enough to catch up.
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Cédric Jimenez's thriller peaked at 2,373,000 admissions, while Philippe de Chauveron's comedy, released in the spring, garnered 2,430,000 tickets.
The two feature films will rank tenth and eleventh in the box office for a year that will have a total of more than 150 million admissions.