Avatar The Way of Water: The worldwide box office for James Cameron’s “Avatar: The Way of Water” has topped $1 billion, but slow sales in China may reduce the film’s highest earnings. Disney’s picture has earned $1.03 billion from ticket sales, including $317 million from the United States and $712 million from other countries.
This achievement comes just 14 days after the release of “The Way of Water,” five days earlier than “Avatar” did in 2009. That makes it one of the top five movies in terms of the quickest time to earn $1 billion at the box office.
Before the release of “The Way of Water,” Cameron stated that the film would need to earn $2 billion at the box office to be profitable. According to box office experts, Cameron’s film has a shot at breaking the record.
Until “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” opens in theatres in the middle of February, “The Way of Water” faces no serious competition. However, experts are nonetheless worried about weak ticket sales in China. The market was anticipated to contribute significantly to the sequel’s income, but it has underperformed as Covid once again roils the region.
Only $108 million of the film’s total gross has come from China as of Tuesday. In only its debut weekend, the film was predicted to generate $100 million in revenue for the country. This year, a coveted release in China is reserved for only a select few Hollywood films, and “The Way of Water” is one of them.
In recent years, China’s box office has grown, so Hollywood blockbusters can no longer ignore the country as a critical market. The Chinese government, however, suddenly lifted several Covid regulations at the beginning of this month. Increased infections have put a strain on the healthcare system.
There are currently no reliable estimates of the total number of people infected or killed by Covid in the country. After mandated viral testing in China was halted on Sunday, the National Health Commission stopped releasing daily data.
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For the film to meet the lofty global profitability goals set by director James Cameron, “great hopes were placed on the country to generate the additional money needed to help push the film over the top,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore.
However, Dergarabedian argued that Cameron’s track record of long-running theatrical releases like “Titanic” and the original “Avatar” bodes well for the film. That “worrying health status” will improve with time, he hoped.
Avatar 2 Release Date
To make a long story short, the release date of Avatar 2 has been pushed back to December 16, 2022, from December 20, 2021, due to the ongoing global health crisis. Production on the sequel kicked off in 2017, but the movie’s delay is understandable, considering it features both live-action and motion capture sequences.
3 films made over $1B at the worldwide box office in 2022 💰
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We also know that the film’s running time will be 190 minutes, or 3 hours and 10 minutes. Cameron has defended the movie’s length by saying that there are “more characters to service,” which explains the extra time.
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Cameron has worked hard on all three of these upcoming films for the past few years. Given the young cast, he admitted to filming some of Avatar 4 in December 2021. We did all the scenes for 2 and 3 together – and a little bit for 4,” he said to Variety of the film’s production.
“Midweeks last week were very strong, and the sci-fi epic is continuing that trend this week with vacations in full swing and a lot of holiday distractions in the rearview.” https://t.co/5DKQAynqM8
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“As a last resort, I had to use deadly force to get the kids out. In the middle of the story, on page 25 of Movie 4, they are permitted to age six years. So, I required everything before that time, and everything can be handled later.”
Cameron has also hinted that he may not helm Avatar 4 and 5 but promised a “corker.” “I do wish I could make it. But that’s up to market forces to decide. The third installment has already been shot and will be released soon. “This, he informed Empire, was the case.
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Ultimately, it all comes together into one big story, so I hope we get to make parts four and five. The anticipation appears to be there for Avatar 2, as the sequel is expected to open to twice as much money in the United States as the original did.