The opening weekend box office numbers for Avatar‘s sequel are in!
By comparison, the first Avatar movie made around $77 million domestically over its first weekend in theaters back in December 2009, eventually bringing in a total of nearly $750 million domestically and over $2.7 billion worldwide.
Por Variedade, Avatar 2 had the fourth-biggest opening weekend of the year. Earlier tracking previously estimated the film would earn $150 milhões para $175 million domestically and $450 milhões para $550 million globally, de acordo com The Hollywood Reporter.
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When asked about the budget for Avatar: The Way of Water, director James Cameron — whose budget for the first film was $237 million — told GQ last month that the sequel was “very f—ing” expensive to make.
Cameron, 68, also said he told 20th Century Studios that the film was “the worst business case in movie history,” and that it would “have to be the third- or fourth-highest-grossing film in history” para “break even.”
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Em dezembro 2021, the filmmaker told Entretenimento semanal naquela, dado o estado de ir ao cinema em meio à pandemia e além, he worried whether the subsequent installments would be able to match AvatarSucesso de.
“O grande problema é: Vamos ganhar algum dinheiro maldito? Grande, filmes caros têm que render muito dinheiro,” disse Cameron, who also directed the box-office giant Titânico, which celebrates its 25th anniversary na segunda-feira. “Estamos em um novo mundo pós-COVID, pós-streaming. Talvez aqueles [bilheteria] números nunca mais serão vistos. Quem sabe? It’s all a big roll of the dice.”
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Em abril 2021, Cameron appeared virtually on The Tonight Show, estrelado por Jimmy Fallon, where he spoke about the pressure of helming the highly anticipated follow-up films to the epic 2009 sci-fi blockbuster, which currently ranks as the highest-grossing film of all time.
“I cry. I just sit here at my desk and cry all day long because there’s no way,” ele brincou. “Seu just too much pressure, parceiro.”
Cameron — who is also directing Avatar 3, which has already wrapped filming — added that he hopes the movies will make fans happy.
“We just try to be true to what people loved about the first film and take it into whole new areas,” o vencedor do Oscar explicou. “A lot of our scenes are in the ocean so I’m combining things that I love like making Avatar and going into the ocean, I love all that stuff.”
Avatar: The Way of Water está nos cinemas agora.