As ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ Rolls Into Theaters, Fans Dive Headfirst Into the Stands

After the stunning success of James Cameron’s first Avatar (2009) film, fans have been on the edge of their seats waiting for a sequel. More than ten years have passed since the first film’s release, and in that time, the film has broken records over and over again.

But now that Avatar: The Way of Water (2022) has made a splash in theaters all around the world, everyone is asking: will the film’s sequel break the same records its predecessor broke? Here’s what we know now.

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Currently, ticket sales for James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water are already 124% ahead of the original Avatar film, but according to a report by Variety, there’s still much work to be done in order for the film to break even.

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Avatar: The Way of Water is expected to earn $150 to $175 million on its opening weekend in North America alone. But despite the projected success, Avatar: The Way of Water will have to follow the same formula as Avatar and take root in theaters for months to make the profit it needs.

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Considering the enormous costs it took to make the sequel (a whopping $350 million), it comes as no surprise to learn that James Cameron’s latest installment in the Avatar film series is one of the most expensive films ever made. While it sounds like an impressive feat at first, it also means that the film must do exceptionally well in order to make that money back.


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James Cameron has discussed the matter, saying that Avatar: The Way of Water has to be “the third or fourth highest-grossing film in history” to break even. Not only that, but the Avatar film series has multiple sequels planned after this one, creating even more pressure for the film to succeed.

Avatar: The Way of Water stars Sam Worthington as Jake Sully, Zoe Saldana as Neytiri, Stephen Lang as Colonel Miles Quaritch, Sigourney Weaver as Kiri (who also played Dr. Grace Augustine in the first film), Kate Winslet, and Cliff Curtis.

The Avatar sequel is coming to theaters on December 16.

About Isabella Reimer

Isabella Reimer grew up visiting Walt Disney World and relocated to Central Florida to be even closer to The Most Magical Place on Earth. She earned her Bachelor’s from Florida State University, where she studied Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Her biggest hobby is bonding with the ikran at Avatar Flight of Passage, and her retirement plan includes becoming the 1,000 Happy Haunt of the Haunted Mansion.