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Avatar: The Way of Water Box Office Pulls in at $435 Million in Its Opening Weekend

Avatar: The Way of Water Box Office Pulls in at $435 Million in Its Opening Weekend

Avatar: The Way of Water Box Office Pulls in at $435 Million in Its Opening Weekend

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Avatar: The Way of Water collected $435 million (about Rs 3,598 crore) at the global box office during its opening weekend. Around $301 million (roughly Rs. 2,490 crore) was taken from markets outside the US, including India, and all-too-scarce China – the latter notorious for limiting Hollywood theatrical releases in the country since the COVID-19 pandemic. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the figures are slightly lower than the projected $450 million (around Rs 3,923 crore), with the second Avatar movie underperforming in the US and Canada.

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According to Disney, in India, Avatar 2 managed to earn Rs. 160 crore in its opening weekend, crossing the lifetime collection of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which ended at Rs. 126, 94 crores. For a film that would have cost around $400 million (roughly Rs 3,310 crore) to produce, the resulting numbers might seem daunting to Disney and 20th century studios.

However, the real test for Avatar: The Way of Water is yet to come, which depends on how many seats it can fill in the weeks and months ahead. The original 2009 Avatar only managed to gross $242 million (roughly Rs. 2,002 crore) worldwide, in its opening weekend and showed its prowess over the past few months, eventually become the greatest movie of all time. Not to mention, the holiday season has created a lack of competition on the Hollywood front, which could work in favor of the James Cameron-led sequel.

That said, Avatar: The Way of Water will face two major hurdles. First, there’s the challenge of breaking even, which Cameron called “the worst business case in movie history.” For Avatar 2 to be considered profitable, he said, “you have to be the third or fourth highest-grossing movie in history. This is your threshold. This is your break-even point. Disney has never commented on exact numbers, but reports suggest the budget is around $400 million.

Then there’s the long run of 3 hours and 12 minutes, which marks Cameron’s second longest film since 1997. Titanic. In an interview with Total Film, Cameron claimed the sequel focused more on its characters and relationships than the 2009 film, which resulted in said length. He also claimed that audiences shouldn’t complain about the length of movies because of TV, saying, “I don’t want anybody complaining about the length when they sit and watch for eight hours. “

Avatar: The Way of Water is set 15 years after the events of the first film and sees Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldaña) as parents of five, surviving in the lush forests of the exotic moon Pandora. But when the “people of the sky”, led by a resurrected recombined Colonel Miles Quaritch (Stephen Lang), returns, the family flees to the coastal area, encountering the Metkayina clan, who teach them the ways of water and the helps prepare for battle. .

Avatar: The Way of Water is out now in India, in English, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu.


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