“Avatar: The Way of Water” could make a huge splash this year.
The long-awaited sequel to 2009’s smash hit is expected to pull in $150 million to $175 million domestically, and $450 million to $550 million globally according to The Hollywood Reporter.
While outlets have long reported the high expectations for the film, there are some concerns over factors which may affect revenue.
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The film has a runtime of 3 hours and 12 minutes which mean fewer showtimes.
It will also be aired in China, one of the biggest markets in the world, but the country is currently experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak in Beijing. If the situation worsens, it could lower restrict attendance and perform below the expected $100 million revenue.
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“The Way of Water” cost $350 – $300 million to produce without marketing and could beat the first film, which still holds the record for top-grossing film of all time worldwide with almost $3 billion in ticket sales.
“Avatar: The Way of Water” comes out on Dec. 16.