Including Avatar: The Way of Water’s $2 billion earnings, Zoe Saldana now holds the record for the most successful actress in a $2 billion film. Zoe Saldana has become one of Hollywood’s highest-paid actresses in recent years thanks to her roles in the Avatar, Marvel, and Star Trek franchises. She has earned approximately $14 billion in her film career, and her return as Neytiri was a massive factor in that.
Box office results for Avatar: The Way of Water have proven that Zoe Saldana’s latest film is also a commercial triumph. There was much speculation about how well James Cameron’s Avatar sequel would do at the box office, but it has consistently outperformed its projections. The latest box office achievement for Avatar: The Way of Water is that it has earned over $2 billion worldwide. It’s only the sixth film ever to reach that milestone. However, Zoe Saldana is no stranger to this landmark, as the Avatar sequel has just extended a box office record she previously claimed alone.
Four of the films in which Zoe Saldana appeared collectively grossed over $2 billion worldwide.
With the success of Avatar: The Way of Water, Zoe Saldana has starred in four films with worldwide grosses of more than $2 billion. She first achieved this feat in 2009 with James Cameron’s Avatar, which was only the second film ever to do so. As Avengers: Infinity War passed the $2 billion mark at the global box office in 2018, Zoe Saldana continued her reign as the only actress to star in two films to gross over $2 billion. Even if most of her Marvel Cinematic Universe friends finally joined her in Avengers: Endgame, she is still the only person to appear in all three MCU movies.
With the success of Avatar: The Way of Water, many of the franchise’s prominent cast members, like Kate Winslet, can now boast of having been in multiple $2 billion movies, while Zoe Saldana’s box office record also continues to increase. She’s still the only individual starred in several $2 billion films. The only other person to make more than three such appearances is you. Therefore, surpassing or even matching Zoe Saldaa’s box office record of having appeared in four $2 billion blockbusters will be extremely difficult.
Avatar set the Saldana box office record: The Last Airbender, but will its sequels maintain that success?
The sequels to Avatar: The Way of Water could help Zoe Saldana break more box office records. One, two, or all three of James Cameron’s Avatar sequels, in which she will star, will gross over $2 billion. The debut of Avatar 3 in theaters in December 2024 is her next opportunity, but Avatar 5 may be her best hope. The conclusion of James Cameron’s Avatar franchise ensures that the fifth picture will be a highly anticipated cinematic event.
The $2 billion mark set by Zoe Saldana’s four films should hold for quite a long time, even if future installments of Avatar: The Way of Water is not added to the total. Some of the Phase 3 heroes from the upcoming MCU films may be the only ones to give her a run for her money. Considering that Zoe Saldana’s portrayal of Gamora will almost certainly be featured in upcoming $2 billion blockbusters like Avengers: Secret Wars, she is the best hope for anyone to top her current record.