Zoe Saldaña Is First Actor to Ever Star in 4 Movies That Cross $2 Billion Mark at Box Office

Zoe Saldaña Is the First Actor to Star in 4 Movies That Have Cross the $2 Billion Mark at the Box Office

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James Cameron's latest film, Avatar: The Way of Water, keeps on making history. As of now, it sits on the sixth position of the highest-grossing films of all time list, despite it only coming out December 16, 2022. It has also crossed the $2 billion mark in worldwide gross, with it being the sixth movie in history to achieve this milestone. This benchmark has led one the movie stars to set an astonishing record of her own. Zoe Saldaña, who plays the character Neytiri, is the the first actor to appear in four films that have made over $2 billion.

Before Avatar: The Way of Water, Saldaña was also part of the saga's first installment, Avatar (2009), which still holds the first position on the list, making it the highest-grossing movie of all time. The actor also appeared in Avengers: Endgame (2019) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018) as Gamora, a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy, who join the Avengers in their fight against supervillain Thanos. Endgame and Infinity War are the second and the fifth top grossing movies of all time, respectively.

Born in Passaic, New Jersey, and raised in a Dominican and Puerto Rican family, Saldaña was already trailblazer, even before the Avatar franchise or MCU came along. She achieved her career breakthrough with other franchises like Pirates of the Caribbean and Star Trek, and had a role in the Steven Spielberg-directed film The Terminal (2004).

Chances are that Avatar: The Way of Water won't be the last film featuring Saldaña to set a box office record. After a seemingly tragic end for her character, Gamora is set to return in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which opens on May 5. On top of that, she is slated to appear in further Avatar sequels.

As for Avatar: The Way of Water, Deadline expects it to leap frog Infinity War and Star Wars: The Force Awakens to become the fourth top grossing movie of all time as early as next week. When that happens, three of the four top movies on the list will have been directed by James Cameron—the other one being Titanic (1997), which will be rereleased next February to celebrate its 25th anniversary and could further Cameron's dominion of the list.

Zoe Saldaña has become the first actor to appear in four movies that have made more than $2 billion in the box office after Avatar: The Way of Water reached this milestone.

She starred in the first installment of Avatar, which is the highest grossing move of all time.

The other movies that have reached the $2 billion mark that Saldaña also appeared in are Avengers: Endgame (2019) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018), where she played the character of Gamora.

Zoe Saldaña: Instagram
h/t: [CNN]

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Regina Sienra

Regina Sienra is a Staff Writer at My Modern Met. Based in Mexico City, Mexico, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications with specialization in Journalism from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. She has 10+ years’ experience in Digital Media, writing for outlets in both English and Spanish. Her love for the creative arts—especially music and film—drives her forward every day.
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