James Cameron Dead Set on Milking Avatar Franchise: Avatar Re-release Earns $3.5M in International Box Office

Avatar Re-release Earns $3.5M in International Box Office
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Avatar was re-released this week. The film, which became the highest-grossing film after its release in 2009, went down to the second position after the release of Avengers: Endgame. But after its re-release in China, the film got its top spot back in 2021. After 13 years of the original movie, the filmmakers are coming back with a sequel to the film, Avatar: The Way of Water. Film’s director, James Cameron, also announced that the film would be re-released in theatres three months prior to the release of its sequel. 

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Avatar was re-released this week all around the world, refreshing the audiences’ memories of the exotic world of Pandora. The re-release did not include any new scenes and was the same as earlier. However, it would be in the 4K high dynamic range and a higher frame rate for some selected scenes. 

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Avatar Earns $3.5 Million in The International Box Office With its Re-release

James Cameron’s film grossed $3.5 million from 37 International Box Office within two days of its re-release. The film grabbed the top spot in Italy, Germany, and Mexico, with $300K, $200K, and $200K, respectively. It opened at third place in Australia with $400k. Besides these, it also got the top spot in Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia, Ukraine, Singapore, Thailand, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia.

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Avatar was re-released in North America, the UK, Japan, and India on September 23. With its release in North America, it has crossed $2.5 million in pre-sales only. 

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Avatar has once again impressed the audience with its exotic scenes and continuing story of Jake Sully and Neytiri. More about its box office performance will be revealed by the end of the weekend. 

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Released for the first time in 2009, it became the highest-grossing film of all time, grossing $2 billion at the global box office. The film was a critical and commercial success and was praised for its 3D technology and exotic visuals. 

An Exclusive Sneak Peek of Avatar: The Way of Water

The re-release of the film not just provides a remastered 4K dynamic range in a higher frame rate, but the film also gives a little sneak peek into the sequel. People who saw the movie for the first time, along with those who saw it again were highly impressed by the film. 

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The 4K dynamic was not the only new thing in the movie. Although it does not contain any new added scenes from the 2009 movie, it has an exclusive sneak peek into the sequel, which will release on December 16, 2022. 

After the re-release of Avatar, James Cameron’s another hit film will be back on the big screen in 2023. Cameron’s 1997 film, Titanic, will return to cinema houses on February 10, 2023, with a 4K 3D high dynamic range. 

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Avatar: The Way of Water is the direct sequel to the 2009 film. However, it would not be the last film in the franchise. There are three more films on their way to be released in 2024, 2026, and 2028. 

The re-release has made sure that fans are eagerly waiting for its sequel. The trailer of Avatar: The Way of Water has received a promising response and has set high expectations for the sequel.   

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Avatar: The Way of Water

As for the plot of the sequel, not many details are available about it yet. However, 20th Century Fox’s description of the film says that the film will follow several decades after the first film. It will tell the story of Sully Family and will be exploring more about the oceans of Pandora. 

The film was planned to be released in 2014, but after several delays, it was scheduled to release on December 16, 2022. 

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Avatar is now playing in theatres. 

Source: Collider

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Written by Laxmi Rajput

Laxmi Rajput is a writer at Fandomwire. She finished her Post Graduation in Broadcast Journalism and worked as a Business News writer for a year. But her interest in entertainment and pop culture compelled her to find a way towards Entertainment Journalism. She has worked across various fields and has 2 years of experience in content writing. She likes reading, music, movies, and traveling. She aspires to become a fiction writer in the future.