Disney and 20th Century revealed on Tuesday that James Cameron’s Avatar will head back to worldwide cinemas on September 23 in remastered 4K High Dynamic Range.
The re-release of Avatar comes three months before the worldwide release of the highly anticipated sequel Avatar: The Way of Water, including on December 16 in North America.
Avatar is the highest-grossing film of all time at the global box office with a total of $2.84 billion in revenue.
Avatar‘s special-edition event in 2010 fared quite well, bringing in $44 million (10.7 million in North America and $34 million abroad). And the fantasy adventure’s rerelease in China brought in a whopping $57.7 million in the first few months of 2021.
Quietest months of the year, this September has a dearth of high-profile Hollywood releases as studios struggle to catch up on their postproduction backlog caused by the pandemic. This may be to the advantage of the Avatar release. The independent indie picture The Railway Children Return, which is a family adventure, is currently the only other countrywide release that is slated for September 23.
It is anticipated that Cameron, Landau, and their Lightstorm Entertainment, along with 20th Century and Disney, will offer The Way of Water in a wide variety of formats to support the range of theater installations. These formats are expected to include the utilization of 3D, 4K, and a high frame rate of 48 frames per second.