Avatar: The Way of Water is all set to release this weekend, and James Cameron is confident that the much-awaited sequel will break box office records just like the 2009 film. No doubt, Cameron is a master craftsman and knows how to deliver blockbusters. The director has given some of the biggest films in Hollywood. James Cameron seems confident that the sequel to the 2009 science fiction film will not only bring audiences to the theaters but would also compel them to watch the film again and again.
The Avatar director has earlier said that the film needs to be the third or fourth highest-grossing film to be considered profitable. Although he also claimed that he is not looking forward to the sequel’s opening at the box office, the film would still need a head start to reach the target set by its creator.
Avatar: The Way of Water Estimated to Gross $525 Million in its Opening Weekend
Over a decade after the release of Avatar, its sequel Avatar: The Way of Water is ready to release. The bar is set really high for the sequel, considering the original film is still the highest-grossing film worldwide.
According to the director, James Cameron, the film needs to perform very well at the box office, not just for itself, but also for the already planned upcoming sequels in the franchise. The franchise includes four more sequels followed by the release of The Way of Water.
Cameron has claimed that these sequels could not even happen if Avatar 2 fails to achieve the set targets. The sequel is set to release this weekend and is expected to gross $525 million worldwide in its opening weekend.
The collection is expected to be a $175 million domestic box office collection and $350 million overseas. Most of the films released in 2022 have failed to have an impressive box office collection. However, the ones that did quite well mostly included sequels or films under an ongoing franchise.
Marvel’s Doctor Strange 2 sits at the highest opening weekend worldwide with $187.4 million. The Way of Water aims to score almost three times more than the Marvel film. The sequel to the highest-grossing film expects to debut with $150 million to $175 million at the box office.
Could Avatar: The Way of Water live Upto the Expectations?
Being a sequel to the highest-grossing film of all time, Avatar: The Way of Water clearly has some high expectations to live on, not just in terms of its collection but also regarding how the story would follow the adventures of the Sully family.
The 2009 film debuted with $77 million domestically at the box office. Avatar 2 would not have serious competition at the box office throughout the rest of the year and the festive season. The Way of Water has already drawn in $38 million with advance ticket sales, almost half of Avatar’s opening weekend gross.
It is expected to gross $250 million to $350 million over the weekend internationally. China, where the original film became a huge hit with $261 million, has a prominent role in whether Avatar 2 would manage to achieve the half-a-billion mark in its opening weekend or not. The sequel follows the Sully family’s adventures on Pandora.
Avatar: The Way of Water is set to release on 16 December 2022.