So, the wait is almost over. Professional and amateur box office watchers, analysts, pundits, entertainment journalists and you, our Outposters (the best of them all!) wait alongside Disney and James Cameron to see if he can do it again. Titanic was the most expensive movie ever and disaster was predicted by many. Avatar beat that cost. Now Avatar: The Way Of Water is apparently the most expensive movie ever made.
It has taken five years of production at various stages. It has cost up to $400 million depending on who you talk to. Even Cameron himself said Avatar: The Way Of Water has the worst business case in Hollywood history. Yet expectations are building, as are the tracking numbers.
Avatar broke records with the help of a 3D premium, and the theater experience driving footfall that gave the movie incredible legs. The second has to repeat that task to stand any chance of making its money back. Also, it has to be good. Is it?
Well somebody has already seen it. While the movie was only finally finished 48 hours ago, filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has already seen an earlier, almost complete version of the movie and he had this to say in a tweet:
“[Avatar 2 is] a staggering achievement… chock-full of majestic Vistas and emotions at an epic, epic scale. A master at the peak of his powers.”
The race to have it ready in time has been won. Producer Jon Landau used Instagram o announce that they had finally completed the movie on Wednesday.
The completion comes just three weeks out from the release. December 16th is cinema D-Day. Disney will be happy that the Chinese release has been approved. Fewer Western movies are getting a release in China these days and Avatar did huge box office over there.
While the studio may be licking their lips at the potential take from the East, they fail to realise that their movie has been OK’d for release because it once again shows a massively strong, advanced military of mostly Americans trying to invade somewhere and getting it’s ass kicked by those it thought was weaker than them. So basically, its propaganda.
Avatar: The Way Of Water is on track for a domestic opening weekend of $150-175 million.