Zoe Saldana Becomes First Actor To Star In Four Movies That Have Made $2B Or More

Her roles in Avatar and the Avengers films have propelled the actor to an impressive milestone.


Thanks to Avatar: The Way of Water's box office success, Zoe Saldana has become the first actor to have four movies earn more than $2 billion. People was among the first to report, with Saldana's other films to reach this milestone including 2009's Avatar, 2019's Avengers: Endgame, and 2018's Avengers: Infinity War.

Zoe Saldana, 44, has an impressive resume that spans both Avatar and Marvel universes (where she plays Gamora), plus Star Trek (where she portrays Nyota Uhura in the J.J. Abrams reboots). She plays Neytiri in the Avatar films, which has more sequels on the way after the newest entry in the series has proven to be extremely profitable. (Director James Cameron wasn't sure if it would.) Avatar: The Way of Water just crossed the $2 billion mark at the global box office, knocking Spider-Man: No Way Home down to seventh place for the biggest films of all time.

Last year, Saldana told Women's Wear Daily that she's increasingly felt creatively stuck over the last decade due to her various franchise commitments. "I'm very grateful for the opportunities that they provided, from collaborating with amazing directors and getting to meet cast members that I consider friends and getting to play a role that fans, especially children, love," Saldana said. "But it also meant that I felt artistically stuck in my craft of not being able to expand or grow or challenge myself by playing different sorts of genres and different roles."

You can check out our review roundup of Avatar: The Way of Water. In GameSpot's review, Mason Downey thought the film has incredibly beautiful shots, but fails to live up to its legacy as a bleeding edge spectacle.

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