This December, the eagerly anticipated sequel “Avatar: The Way of Water” will hit theatres.
Avatar Re-Release Pushes Lifetime has made a total of $10.7 million from IMAX screenings thanks to an additional $3 million earned in a weekend. This brings the film’s total IMAX haul to an astounding $268.6 million. The Avatar re-release has made over $15 million in the United States and nearly $40 million worldwide, demonstrating once more that there is a devoted fanbase for director James Cameron’s science-fiction franchise. The re-release was designed to drum up anticipation for the long-awaited release of Avatar: The Way of Water in December.
This weekend, IMAX screens contributed 18% of the total box office revenue worldwide. The re-release finished in fifth place in the United States, grossing an estimated $4.7 million over the course of its run. Nearly $780 million has been made from the film’s domestic box office so far, making it the fourth-highest grossing film of all time behind Spider-Man: No Way Home ($814 million), Avengers: Endgame ($858 million in 2019), and Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($936 million in 2015).
Avatar has maintained its position as the highest-grossing film of all time at domestic and international box offices, with total earnings of over $2.9 billion. It was briefly dethroned from the number one spot by Endgame, but it was reinstated after a special re-release in China in the year 2021. The worldwide total for Endgame is currently at $2.797 billion. Titanic, which Cameron directed and had a budget of $2.2 billion, The Force Awakens, which had a budget of $2.06 billion, and Avengers: Infinity War, which had a budget of $2.04 billion are all included on the list of the top five films of all time.
Avatar is a sprawling story about colonization and revolution that takes place in the 22nd century and stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, and Sigourney Weaver. The film also features a cast that includes Sam Worthington. It brought together Cameron’s prowess in technical wizardry and his passion for preserving the environment. Cameron had famously declared many years ago that he could picture himself making only Avatar movies for the rest of his career, but he also said recently that the future of the franchise will depend on how well The Way of Water performs in theatres. The sequel has been in development for close to a decade.
A recent report predicted that The Way of Water will generate around $649 million at the domestic box office, which would be lower than the domestic gross of the original film when adjusted for inflation. It is anticipated that the movie will bring in an additional $425 million and $214 million from video-on-demand and streaming services, respectively. According to the website The Numbers, which tracks how much money is made at the box office, the first film made close to $430 million from sales of domestic home videos more than a decade ago.
There are two other tentpole movies that will be released around the same time as The Way of Water, and they are both from Warner Bros. and Disney respectively: Black Adam and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Cliff Curtis, Edie Falco, Jemaine Clement, Kate Winslet, Michelle Yeoh, Brendan Cowell, and Vin Diesel are some of the new cast members who will be appearing in The Way of Water. The Way of Water, which will be released on December 16, was filmed concurrently with Avatar 3, and there have been announcements regarding two additional sequels.
You can check out our interview with Cameron right here, and make sure to keep checking back with Collider for any further updates.
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