The movies of James Cameron They may like it less or more, but it is undeniable that the American director is a money-making machine on the big screen. Within the top 3 highest-grossing films in history, two were led by the aforementioned. will he be able to enter Avatar: The Way of Water on the list? Well, you better do it, because you need it to be profitable.
Although for now the figures of how much it cost to make Avatar: The Way of Water, the $237 million of the previous feature film makes us assume that the sequel required a much larger investment. In addition to the above, James Cameron himself, in an interview with GCsaid that it must be the third or fourth highest-grossing film in history to return green numbers.
“It has to be the third or fourth highest-grossing movie ever. That’s its threshold. That’s its break-even point.“, he expressed. If we analyze the films that currently occupy these two positions, we find titanic, with a worldwide gross of 2,200 million dollars; while Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens it is a little behind with 2,069 million dollars.
Basically then Avatar: The Way of Water should enter about 2,100 million dollars to be considered profitable.
You’ll make it? Despite the great anticipation that surrounds it, it is difficult to guarantee. The cinema and the tastes of the audience, at least with regard to the blockbusters, has changed significantly over the past decade. Day by day, It is very difficult for a feature film that is not about superheroes to earn a place among the highest grossing.
Avatar: The Way of Water can be inspired by Top Gun: Maverick
Of course, we have some extraordinary cases. The most recent is the Top Gun: Maverick, which managed to climb to eleventh position with 1,486 million dollars. No one, absolutely no one, anticipated that the new Tom Cruise would have such a worldwide success.
Industry analysts mentioned that this could be due to the fact that the adult audience expected a film that, in addition to being entertaining, moved away from cinema based on comics and the need to see other productions to understand it 100%. “Get a movie like Top Gun: Maverickwhich is ridiculously entertaining, which means we don’t have to watch another 15 movies to understand the story, it’s really going back to the old ways,” said Erik Davis of fandango.
Avatar: The Way of Water, of course, could repeat a similar situation. In his favor he has all the Disney advertising machine, which in recent weeks has stepped on the accelerator to show us some new elements that await us in Pandora; starting with its extraordinary aquatic settings. The narrative, for its part, will be focused on internal conflicts. Both in the tribes of Pandora, and in the family that Jake Sully and Neytiri have formed.
However, it cannot be ruled out that Avatar: The Way of Water it just doesn’t hit its targets at the box office, and here there would be immediate repercussions for the franchise. In the same interview, Cameron explained that they would be forced to end the story in the third film. Let’s remember that the idea of the director and Disney is to create another three films, until avatar 5. However, everything will depend on the economic performance of the feature film at the door.
“The market could be telling us that we are done in three months, or that we would be half done, which would mean that we would complete the story with the third film, but we would not continue without end; if it’s not profitable…”
Avatar: The Way of Water will be released next December 15 exclusively in theaters. During the first days we can already get an idea of whether or not it will succeed at the international box office.