James Cameron isn’t new in crafting genre-defining cinemas, which can break the language barriers and become a global phenomenon, including Avatar and its sequel. Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water has garnered immense praise from fans and critics for its beautiful visuals and direction and has cemented itself as a box office juggernaut.
But despite the colossal box office success of the Avatar sequel, fans were left bamboozled after learning about the total earnings of James Cameron for his movie. Fans have debated that the director was underpaid for Avatar: The Way of Water and deserved more for his work.
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Avatar: The Way of Water is showing no signs of slowing down at the box-office
Since its release, Avatar: The Way of Water is showing no signs of slowing down, and even two months after its release, it is still a dominant force at the box office. And even though another James Cameron movie, Titanic has dethroned the Avatar sequel from its third position of highest-grossing films with its re-release, Avatar: The Way of Water is soon expected to reclaim its position.
Even though there were initially many people who were skeptical about the sequel’s success, they were eventually shut down by the movie’s enormous success. Avatar: The Way of Water is currently standing at an enormous $2.214 billion and has left fans in awe through its world-building and the immersive world of Pandora.
And amidst the success of the movie, an industry insider reported the director’s earnings from the movie, and to fans’ surprise, it isn’t as high as they expected. Fans have been bewildered after the revelation of James Cameron’s total earnings and believe that the director deserved more.
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James Cameron’s earnings from Avatar 2 have left fans in shock
Despite crafting another box office giant through his immaculate direction, fans have been disappointed after learning about James Cameron’s earnings from Avatar: The Way of Water. The Terminator director has reportedly made a total of $95 million under his belt, including all bonuses for crossing certain box office thresholds.
Although the amount is colossal for a director to receive in the industry, considering his track record and the huge success of Avatar: The Way of Water, fans expressed that Cameron deserved more. And they haven’t shied away from expressing their viewpoint on the situation through Twitter,
That is a major lowball lol. Cameron would be getting at least 10% of the first dollar gross. Dude would be making at least $200m+ from Avatar 2 – unless certain clauses about budget overages may have reduced it.
— Scullibundo (@SCULLIBUND0) February 13, 2023
He deserves over 100 for being the 🐐
— Da Kaeper Nick (@lilchan924) February 13, 2023
Feels low tbh
— Harold L. Stokes pondering Quantumania (@HaroldLStokes) February 13, 2023
That's too small. That's literally pocket change for me and my followers, he should have gotten 500M imo
— Cleve 🪶 (@hoes8cleve) February 13, 2023
So where exactly does the Box office profit go!?… pic.twitter.com/1v6fZoalur
— John Saning'o, MD 🇹🇿🇰🇪 (@i_am_saningo) February 13, 2023
You’d think it would be a lot more with the box office success
— Love Craft (@lvuexxx) February 13, 2023
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Considering the quality of the sequel, fans have been engrossed by the idea of witnessing multiple sequels in the future under the leadership of Cameron. Even though the director didn’t receive the amount that fans were expecting from The Terminator director, Cameron appears comfortable to follow on with the future sequels.
Avatar: The Way of Water is playing in theatres.