Avatar: The Way of Water, the sequel to the 2009 global hit Avatar, made its debut on the big screen last Friday, earning $134 million at the domestic box-office in the opening weekend.
Despite dominating the North American box-office through the weekend, the collection fell short as predictions expected the film to gross over $150 to $175 million.
The predictions ran wild after Avatar 2 soared through pre-ticket sales, which were on par with the superhero movies, but didn’t seem to hit the bullseye.
The Way of Water ties in with DC’s The Batman as the fourth-highest movie opening at the domestic box-office this year.
Both the films fall behind Marvel Studios’ superhero hits Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness ($187.4 million), Black Panther: Wakanda Forever ($181 million), and Thor: Love and Thunder ($144.2 million).
The Way of Water is also Director James Cameron’s first film to earn $100 in its weekend debut.
The sequel to the world’s highest-grossing film earned about $434.5 million at the global box-office, a remarkable start for the highly-anticipated movie. Avatar: The Way of Water eyes on a $2 billion record at the global box-office to break even.
Jon Landau Shares Snaps from the Sets of Avatar 2!
Avatar movie fans got excited when the producer of Avatar 2 shared an update from the sets of Avatar 2
Avatar movie fans got excited when the producer of Avatar 2 shared an update from the sets of Avatar 2. The most-anticipated sci-fi flick Avatar 2 had picked up its phase after the director James Cameron revealed that they’ve completed the photography works and the shooting is carried out in a full-fledged manner.
While the filming for Avatar 3 continues, the producer Jon Landau has been sharing interesting and exciting updates from the set.
“Tomorrow, as part of our Behind Pandora stories, we will be featuring concept artist Jonathan Bach,” Jon Landau wrote on Instagram. “In advance of that, I thought I would share a concept illustration he created of the Metkayina village. This is just one of the many incredible images that he and the rest of our art department have created for the Avatar sequels. Thank you to everyone on the production design team!”
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‘Avatar’ Team Halts Production in New Zealand
The 2009 blockbuster was long due for a sequel. Just when we were all excited for Avatar 2 to be released by the end of 2021, the production house 20th Century Studios has currently halted shooting in Wellington, New Zealand due to the Corona outbreak.
In a statement to the New Zealand Herald, producer Jon Landau has said that the filming which was scheduled at Stone Street Studios has currently been kept on hold. Not just Avatar 2, but two other sequels of the movie are being shot together which will be released in the subsequent years.
“We’ve delayed it. We had plans to come down Friday night with a group of people and start back up, and we made the decision to hold off and continue working in Los Angeles and come down there a little bit later than we’d planned”, Jon told New Zealand daily.
The huge star cast of the science fiction sequel includes Kate Winslet, Cliff Curtis, Edie Falco, Michelle Yeoh, Vin Diesel, etc are working on the film with music rendered by Simon Franglen. The film is in the making at a whopping budget of $250 million.