“Avatar” was the greatest film in the world over the weekend — once more.
James Cameron’s 2009 science fiction epic was re-released to theaters in front of the December debut of its hotly anticipated sequel, “Avatar: The Way of Water.” It netted $30.5 million all around the world, $10 million of which came from North America.
The strong box office for the 13-year-old film is a decent sign for “The Way of Water’s” possibilities.
“Avatar” is the greatest film ever, presently with $2.878 billion at the worldwide box office, including $770.5 million domestically.
“Avengers: Endgame” briefly beat it in 2019, however “Avatar” reclaimed its crown after a re-release in China last year earned $50 million.
“Avatar” was remastered for this re-release in 4K at a high-dynamic range and with upgraded sound. Imax screenings represented 20% of the global gross and 29% of the domestic take.
The illustration here is to never underestimate Cameron, who additionally directed “Titanic” — which was the world’s greatest film until “Avatar” ousted it.
“‘You know what? I made “Titanic.” This building that we’re meeting in right now, this new half-billion dollar complex on your lot? “Titanic” paid for that, so I get to do this,'” Cameron told the studio regarding changes it wanted to make to “Avatar,” he said in a recent interview with The New York Times. “And afterward, they thanked me.”
The theatrical industry has a lot riding on “The Way of Water.” After a promising summer, blockbuster tentpoles have been deficient in recent weeks. The just dependable hits coming to theaters the rest of the year are “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” and “The Way of Water.”
Due to the film drought, studios have recently re-released different movies, for example, “Spider-Man: No Way Home” and “Jaws.” The previous procured $6.5 million over the four-day Labor Day weekend in the US, and the latter made $3 million in that equivalent period.
“Avatar” was facing the new release “Don’t Worry Darling” over the weekend, which topped the US box office with $19 million after months of offscreen drama.