Avatar: The Way of Water James Cameron’s second film is expected to outperform his previous one in terms of the opening weekend box office. On its way to becoming the highest-grossing movie of all time, the original 2009 sci-fi thriller broke a number of box office records. Due to Avatar’s phenomenal box office performance, Avatar 2’s expected revenue has received a lot of attention. Despite the fact that no one anticipates Avatar: The Way of Water to surpass the original’s $2.9 billion global gross, the film’s high budget and Disney’s commitment to the franchise’s future put some pressure on it to succeed.

Avatar: The Way of Water is now anticipated to earn more than $135 million in its domestic opening weekend, per to long-range tracking from Box Office Pro. According to these updated forecasts, Avatar 2’s opening weekend box office will be nearly twice as large as the first Avatar, which debuted at the domestic box office with a $77M domestic debut 13 years ago in December. These estimates even predict that the sequel will earn $475 million domestically by the end of its theatrical run, which is less than prior estimates and less than half of Avatar’s domestic revenue.

Can Avatar: The Way of Water surpass the first film in terms of box office revenue?

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Avatar: The Way of Water

The sequel to Avatar: The Way of Water would have a strong start at the box office with a strong opening weekend. With a rumored $135M debut, the sequel is expected to earn what James Cameron’s first film took a full week to make in just one weekend. The box office for Avatar 2 will still have a difficult time surpassing that of the first film. The film’s extraordinary word-of-mouth and repeat viewings, which helped keep the movie current and in cinemas for 234 days, are what gave Avatar its amazing box office success. These days, even for the biggest movies that’s very rare. For comparison, Top Gun: Maverick reached its peak this year at 161 days.

There is little expectation that Avatar: The Way of Water will surpass the first film, but it is still possible for it to be a success without breaking all box office records. The argument that Avatar did not have a lasting impact on general audiences has been substantially disproved by the anticipation for the sequel. Avatar 2’s box office will be a big success, even if the sequel only made half as much money as the original film ($1.3 billion). It’s sufficient to make it the second-highest-grossing film of 2022.

Why Avatar 2’s box office success is important?

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James Cameron

James Cameron is still planning a sequel, so there is some pressure for Avatar 2’s box office to perform well. As of now, Avatar 3 has been fully filmed, and he is contracted to do three additional sequels. Additionally, some work on Avatar 4 is being done. The director has acknowledged that Avatar 3 might be the last installment in the franchise if the sequel’s box office underwhelms and shows audiences are uninterested. In this way, the success of James Cameron’s film Avatar: The Way of Water will greatly influence what happens to his future projects.

Source: Box Office Pro