‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ anticipates $525 million global box office debut


Like the original film, the second Avatar movie is expected to break several box office records following its worldwide release on December 16. Film trade analysts believe that the movie would be making over $525 million on its opening weekend, taking it ahead of last year’s Spider-Man: No Way Home.


James Cameron’s long-awaited sequel to Avatar, the science fiction epic, is finally set to release globally on Friday, December 16.

Avatar: The Way of Water is expected to receive a mega opening, probably the biggest of all time, as the makers are eyeing a $525 million debut, globally.

According to media reports, the movie’s domestic pre-sales have reached $38 million, which is more than that of “Top Gun: Maverick”, the biggest box office hit of 2022. The movie is trailing behind “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” and “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.”

However, box office pundits believe that Avatar: The Way of Water would easily earn between $150-$175 million on its debut in the domestic market. As per media reports, the film is expected to rake in more than $350 million from overseas markets, taking the overall collection predictions beyond $500 million.

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If things turn out as expected, the sequel to James Cameron’s masterpiece will find itself ahead of last year’s “Spider-Man: No Way Home” ($320 million on debut). Thus, Cameron would become the box office king of the world once again. Furthermore, the holiday movie season is about to peak, with no considerable competition to the movie. Thus, Christmas is more likely to be an Avatar affair only.

Similarly, opening 80% of theatres in China post-pandemic would further boost the film’s business prospects. In fact, about $100 million of the movie’s opening revenue is expected to be from China, which has already accounted for $21 million of pre-sales. This gives “The Way of Water” an edge over other blockbusters of the year.

The first Avatar was released in December 2009 and instantly became the highest-grossing movie until then. The film was the first to gross more than $2 billion globally and $700 million in the United States. The movie was ground-breaking in terms of its use of 3D and animation technology and was written and directed by James Cameron.


  1. What’s Avatar: The Way of Water’s release date?

    Friday, December 16.
  2. How much has the movie made in domestic pre-sales?

    $38 million.

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