After years of development and production, James Cameron’s sequel to Avatar: The Way of Water has finally hit theaters.
The Disney and 20th Century Studios blockbuster is expected to open at number one at the box office, taking in $53 million in the U.S. on Friday alone. That’s $26.7 million more than the original had in 2009.
The film grossed $135 million in its first weekend at the domestic box office. It was the 6th highest-grossing film released in December after Spider-Man: No Way Home ($260.1 million) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($247.9 million)
Even though Avatar: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader fell short of its $150 million to $175 million budget, the filmmakers don’t seem to be too worried about it, as it’s grossing about $460 million over the weekend.
I wonder if you can call that a failure. Of course not, because the original opened with $232.2 million worldwide and ended up with $2.9 billion. Given that, we can assume that the sequel will have made over two billion dollars by the end of its run, which will make the investment worthwhile.