'Avatar: The Way of Water' overcomes 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' at box office

James Cameron's “Avatar: The Way of Water” led ticket sales in movie theaters for the sixth straight weekend, making it the first film to have such a sustained reign atop the

box office since 2009’s “Avatar." The Walt Disney Co.’s “The Way of Water” added $19.7 million in U.S. and Canadian theaters over the weekend, according to studio estimates

Sunday. Its global total has now surpassed $2 billion, putting it sixth all-time and just ahead of “Spider-Man: No Way Home.” Domestically, “The Way of Water” is up to $598

million. Continued robust international sales ($56.3 million for the weekend) have helped push the “Avatar” sequel to $2.024 billion worldwide. A year ago, “Spider-Man: No

Way Home” also topped the box office for six weekends, but did it over the course of seven weeks. You have to go back to Cameron’s original “Avatar” to find a movie that stayed

No. 1 for such a long span. (“Avatar” ultimately topped out at seven weeks.) Before that, the only film in the last 25 years to manage the feat was another Cameron movie:

“Titanic” (1997) went undefeated for 15 weeks. “The Way of Water” has now reached a target that Cameron himself set for the very expensive sequel. Ahead of its release,

Cameron said becoming “the third or fourth highest-grossing film in history” was “your break even.”