A sequel to “Avatar,” which debuted in 2009 and went on to become the highest-grossing film of all time, “Avatar: The Way of Water will now “easily” break even at the box office According to writer and director James Cameron, The Way of Water will now “easily” break even at the box office.
When he stated that “Avatar 2” would need to “be the third or fourth highest-grossing film in history” in order to “break even,” Cameron caused a stir before the movie was released.
“The Way of Water” has become the seventh highest grossing film of all time as of Sunday evening, just 24 days after its release.
The domestic box office for this film is $516 million, while the international box office is close to $1.2 billion.
During an interview on “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace?” Cameron stated, “It looks like with the momentum that the film has now that we’ll easily pass our break even in the next few days, so it looks like I can’t wiggle out of this and I’m gonna have to do these other sequels. I know what I’m going to be doing the next six or seven years.”
Cameron had already said that “Avatar 3” would be released in theaters in the future regardless of how much money the first sequel made. In point of fact, filming on “The Way of Water” and “Avatar 3” took place simultaneously.
Now, 4 and 5 appear to be ready.
Cameron added, “The point is we’re going to be okay. I’m sure that we’ll have a discussion soon with the top folks at Disney about the game plan going forward for ‘Avatar 3,’ which is already in the can – we’ve already captured and photographed the whole film, so we’re in extended post-production to do all that CG magic. And then ‘Avatar 4’ and ‘5’ are both written. We even have some of ‘4’ in the can. We’ve begun a franchise at this point. We’ve begun a saga that can now play out over multiple films.”
The “Ash people” of Pandora, a clan that is said not to be as kind as the ones introduced in the first two films, are expected to appear in the third installment of the franchise, which is currently scheduled for release in December 2024.