The sequel to Avatar: The Way of Water is surprisingly the top-grossing film of all time, but it’s not as big a hit as it was expected.
Analysts had predicted over $500 million in its opening weekend. As of Friday, the film has over $180 million in the vault, $53 million of which comes from the United States. That’s only the sixth-best domestic box office performance in the post-coronavirus era.
Let’s hope James Cameron’s expensive project manages to stay in theaters as long as Paramount Pictures’ action film. The director himself has previously said that Avatar 2 needs to raise at least $2 billion to recoup its production costs. The success of the sequel will determine the success of the sequels.