Cameron’s sci-fi epic is poised to once again cover movie screens and transport willing travelers back, in 3D, to the land of the Na’vi. But a lot has changed since the release of the original. At the global press conference, Cameron revealed that the film will be released in a remastered, 4K, HDR version that he says is “better than it ever looked”.
This release comes just in time to whet the appetite of moviegoers ahead of the December 16 debut of the three-hour sequel “Avatar: The Way of Water” — reminding them of a movie world they may have lost touch with.
Naturally, all eyes are now on the box office performance this weekend, as this could be an indication of public interest in the December release. According to reports on international portals, the current estimated collection for the reissue of the film ranges from $7 million to $12 million. The numbers would be good as this re-release comes years after the original and will be the third release in certain parts of the world (as the film was previously re-released to beat ‘Avengers: Endgame’ as the highest-grossing film of all time) .
It also faces stiff competition from newer movie releases over the weekend.
However, according to trading experts, a lot is owed to this film as it will act as a linchpin for what the future holds for the sci-fi adventure franchise.
Avatar is the highest grossing film of all time with worldwide ticket sales exceeding $2.8 billion. Four “Avatar” movies are planned through 2028.
The first sequel to the blockbuster will focus on the theme of protecting family and will expand the world of Pandora. Actor Sam Worthington told Reuters that “The Way of Water” features his character, Jake Sully, and Zoe Saldana’s Neytiri as parents working to protect their families from harm.
“This love story has evolved,” Worthington said. “We have a family now and to be honest, for me the film is about protecting your family.”
“Whether that’s an immediate family, it works on many levels. It can be a common family, the family we choose,” he said.
Worthington also said ‘The Way of Water’ will feel familiar to fans, but “it’s not a repeat of the same story.”