One of the most eagerly awaited movies in recent times, Avatar: The Way of Water, maybe the most talked-about movie that is still scheduled to release in 2022. Although the 2009 film Avatar‘s sequel is expected to draw sizable crowds, industry analysts believe that it could not achieve the same level of box office success as the first movie. The domestic box office for Avatar: The Way of Water is anticipated to bring in about $649 million, according to financial forecasts provided by Variety. The project is anticipated to make $425 million and $214 million through video-on-demand and streaming platforms, respectively. Additional formats will aid the movie in making even more money.
Given that the film’s budget was anticipated to be about $250 million, $649 million is definitely nothing to sneeze at and puts filmmaker James Cameron’s much-anticipated sequel in a position to earn a sizable profit. But even if this box office forecast comes close to being right, the movie will still fall well short of its predecessor, since the first Avatar made $772 million when it was in theaters.
Avatar is a sci-fi blockbuster directed by James Cameron that at the time of its debut shattered multiple box office records, so expecting any movie—even a direct sequel—to live up to it is a difficult order. The movie outperformed the competition, taking in $760 million domestically and $2.79 billion globally, surpassing all other films to become the highest-grossing movie of all time. Before giving way to Avengers: Endgame in 2019, it would maintain that record for ten years. Avatar’s global gross rose to $2.85 billion thanks to a 2021 Chinese theatrical re-release, passing Endgame and reclaiming the top place for Avatar. Following a recent cinema re-release in anticipation of the sequel, the movie is currently making even more money. Given that Top Gun: Maverick, which has earned over $700 million domestically, is 2022’s highest-grossing movie and that Avatar: The Way of Water‘s anticipated $649 million would still be below it, it seems improbable that Avatar: The Way of Water would ever come close to breaking these records.
On December 16, Avatar: The Way of Water will be screened in cinemas.