Avatar ‘The Way of Water’: AvatarAfter several delays over 13 years, “Avatar: The Way of Water,” the sequel to the highest-grossing film of all time, has hit theaters and earned $17 million in previews at the domestic box office. James Cameron’s underwater “Avatar” follow-up is expected to earn $150 million to $175 million in its opening weekend, making it one of the biggest debuts of 2022.
Pandora’s power may not match Marvel’s cinematic power. But Universe is likely to retain its top domestic openings of “Doctor Strange in a Multiverse of Madness” ($185 million opening weekend) and “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” ($181 million) this year. Domestically, “The Way of Water” opened Friday in 4,202 theaters. Of the $17 million in previews, $2.63 million came from Imax 3D screenings.
The film opened in a total of 44 international markets where it has collected $50.4 million so far including China collections. In China, it opened to $18.5 million and is expected to make $100 million in its opening weekend and pre-sales. Back in 2009, the original “Avatar” opened to just $77 million, which was a good start.
But thanks to word of mouth and valuable 3D tickets, the film held the No. 1 spot for seven consecutive weeks and eventually grossed $760 million in North America and $2.92 billion worldwide. “The Way of Water” hopes to reflect that kind of staying power. Repeat viewings and the obvious holiday season will give the big-budget sequel a chance to boost its audience numbers in the next few weeks.
To date, Disney reports, “The Way of Water” has sold $38 million in advance ticket sales. That put it above “Top Gun Maverick” ($126 million opening) and “Jurassic World Dominion” ($145 million opening), while “Dr. . There’s Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” and “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” Cameron’s film looks set to surpass the other top debuts of 2022, including.
“Thor: Love and Thunder” ($144 million opening) and “The Batman” ($134 million opening). ).. “The Way of Water” has earned $350 million and Cameron says it needs to reach stratospheric heights to break even. With rave reviews and renewed Pandora fever, “The Way of Water” has officially begun its ascent at the box office.