James Cameron talked about the box office of Avatar 2: The path of water and what it would take to make the film profitable considering its high budget. The director had already said that, in order to make the next three sequels, the collection of this second part would have to be quite high.
What was the budget avatar 2?
Although there is no official figure, sources close to production indicate to The Hollywood Reporter that sequel cost between $350 and $400 million, which could even place it as the most expensive film produced in Hollywood. To this must also be added the millionaires cats for advertising.
The historical list of most proposed productions in the history of cinema is headed by: Avengers: Endgame with $356 million dollars, Avengers: Age of Ultron with $365 million and Pirates of the Caribbean: Sailing in mysterious waters with the record of $379 million dollars.
The box office goal Avatar: The Path of Water
During an interview with G.Q., James Cameron reiterated that the future of the franchise depends on the box office performance of this return to Pandora. The Oscar winner informed the studio that this sequel has “the worst business scenario in the history of cinema”. He argues that the film has to do very well on the box office charts worldwide in order to make up for its cost. This was his blunt reflection:
“You have to be the third or fourth highest-grossing film in history. That is your threshold. That’s your balance point.”
With the point of reference that Cameron makes, avatar 2 it would have to raise at least $2 billion. The first five historical positions of the world box office exceed this figure: the original Avatar with $2,922 million dollars; Avengers: Endgame with $2,797 million dollars; titanic with $2,201 million dollars; Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens with $2,069 million dollars and Avengers: Infinity War with $2,048 million dollars.
Cameron recently spoke with total films of the containment plan in case the second part is a box office flop. The idea would be to close the saga with the third installment, instead of producing three more films as planned.
“The market could tell us that we are finished in three months, or that we could be semi-finished. That would mean, ‘Okay, let’s complete the story in movie three and not go on endlessly’ if it’s not profitable.”
The good news for Cameron is that specialists predict a opening weekend with a gross between $150 and $175 million dollars, even $200 million dollars, in the United States, more than double what the original did. Also, the sequel has already secured its release in China, becoming the first blockbusters at Disney to be released in that important market since 2019.
Avatar: The Path of Water arrives in theaters in Mexico on December 15, 2022.
Jose Roberto Landaverde Movie buff and music lover. I am fascinated by writing, listening, reading and commenting on everything related to the seventh art. I’m a fan of Rocky and Back to the Future and obviously one day I’ll climb the “Philly Steps” and drive a DeLorean. Faithful believer that cinema is the best teleportation machine, and also that on the big screen we can all see ourselves represented. I constantly, like Scott Pilgrim, ask myself: “Does bread make you fat?”