Figures that make you dizzy… James Cameron has earned 95 million dollars in just two weeks thanks to the dazzling success of Avatar 2, reports Forbes magazine. Released only in mid-December, the film rose rapidly to the global box office, bringing in a billion dollars in two weeks... Being himself a screenwriter, director and co-producer, Cameron touches on all the tables, also with bonus when it crosses certain thresholds at the box office, enough to amass a nest egg in record time, explains the specialized media. A quick and sudden windfall which allows him to join the famous annual list of artists who have earned the most money in 2022.
It should also appear on that of 2023 since the success was confirmed at the beginning of the year, with again a billion dollars collected at the box office in January, 2.2 billion in total revenue to date . And it's not over since we will have to reckon with DVD and Blu-ray formats, licenses and future exploitation in streaming... For comparison, the first Avatar, released in 2009, which had garnered a total of 2 .7 billion in theaters, had allowed the Canadian director to earn no less than 350 million on this film alone.
Mission accomplished, although amassing a personal fortune is not necessarily a goal in itself for Cameron, 68, who has chosen to live far from Hollywood, on a 2,000 hectare farm in New Zealand, east of Wellington with his fifth wife, Suzy Amis. The money is used to indulge in his passion, underwater exploration, as well as to prepare and partly finance the big budget films he has always worn, at the risk of giving cold sweats to the big boys. studios.
With 95 million pocketed in 2022, Cameron takes eighth place among the best-paid artists of the year, behind other sure values such as Brad Pitt, who received 100 million thanks in particular to the sale of his production company Plan B, as well as the Rolling Stones and their 98 million collected with their recent European tour… At the top of the list, we find the British group Genesis (230 million) and Sting (210 million), who pocketed the maximum by selling their musical catalog, the former to Concord Music Group, the latter to Universal. Enough to build a good mattress for their old age...