James Cameron’s predicted success for Avatar 2 and its sequels suggests that he may eventually surpass Steven Spielberg for a hugely managed box office record.
Avatar: The Way of Water, the franchise’s expectation indicates that James Cameron will eventually break Steven Spielberg’s impressive box office record for directors. Although James Cameron holds the record for the highest-grossing film at the box office with a 2009 incarnation, the director still lags behind in a few key categories, while Steven Spielberg reliably holds the crown for these achievements. However, although Cameron still has a long way to go, the Avatar 2 director’s future plans suggest he could replace Spielberg as the highest-paid director of all time.
Not surprisingly, Steven Spielberg reigned supreme at the box office as filmmakers continued to create smash hits and leading franchises from the 1975 jazz. Cameron, on the other hand, is one of the only directors against whom it would not be wise to place a bet at the box office, no matter which film he brings to the table. However, Steven Spielberg has directed more than 30 full-featured films in the last five decades, and James Cameron has directed only eleven films since 1982, including two documentaries. Nonetheless, both Cameron and Spielberg hold the position of the top five highest-earning directors at the box office.
James Cameron’s Impressive Box Office History Explained
James Cameron’s debut feature, Piranha II: The Spooning, 1982, was an indie horror that was critically panned at the box office and bombed, but it did not deter the director for long. Cameron’s second feature film is none other than the classic sci-fi action film The Terminator, which grossed $ 78.3 million on a 6.4 million budget. The movie was number one at the box office for two weeks in 1984, which was just the beginning of Cameron’s box office success. Two years later, Cameron directed Alien, a follow-up to Ridley Scott’s groundbreaking sci-fi horror film Alien. Now considered one of the greatest sci-fi movies of all time, Alien grossed a total of $ 183.3 million worldwide, making it the third-highest-grossing film of 1986, after the top song and Crocodile Dundee. Although Cameron’s next film, The Abyss, was not nearly as successful with a box office collection of just 90 million, it was the director’s pursuit that truly revealed his incredible box office power.
In July 1991, James Cameron’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day appeared in theaters as a smash hit, grossing about 20 520.9 million at the box office. The movie’s opening weekend was so successful that it became the second highest five-day total opening after Batman (1989). Terminator 2 then became the highest-grossing film of 1991 and the third-highest-grossing film of all time after Star Wars and Spielberg’s ET. Cute Alien. Cameron’s follow-up, True Lies, also saw huge success at the box office with 378.9 million. Then, of course, came the Titanic. The 1997 epic romance unexpectedly broke the record, becoming the highest-grossing film of all time at the box office, grossing $ 1.843 billion at the first theater; The next re-release will bring this total to $ 2.202 billion. Cameron’s next film broke his own box office record, as 2009 Avatar still remains the highest-grossing film of all time with 2. 2.847 billion. Not only has Cameron twice set a record for the highest-grossing film in history, he still holds the record for number one and number three slots for the highest-grossing movie. The only film among Avatar and Titanic’s box office earnings is 2019’s Avengers: Endgame, which briefly reduced Avatar to the highest-grossing film before Cameron’s movie title was restored in 2021.
The future of Avatar means that Cameron could finally take the Spielberg box office crown
As the director of 2023’s Indiana Jones 5 may seem irresistible to Spielberg, at the time of writing the filmmaker does not have too many expected projects on his list. As such, James Cameron is in the right place to use his speed with Disney’s Avatar franchise plan to reasonably surpass Spielberg by the end of the decade. All of this depends on Spielberg not signing up for any major project and the initial success of Avatar: The Way of Water. If Avatar 2 proves to earn at least $ 1 billion (less than half of its predecessor’s revenue), then James Cameron is on track to perform his follow-up similarly.