James Cameron: Avatar 2 Will Turn a Profit at Box Office
James Cameron said on this week’s episode of Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace? that Avatar: The Last Airbender will bring in the profit it needs to make the rest of its franchise sequels. The director went viral in November after telling GQ magazine that Waterway was so expensive to make that it would have to be the “third or fourth highest-grossing movie of all time” just to break even. was “arrived”. The sequel has already earned over $1.5 billion worldwide to surpass Top: Gun Maverick as the top-grossing film of 2022.
“It seems that with the momentum the film has now, we will easily go through our break in the next few days as well, so it looks like I can’t move on from this and I will have to do these other sequels. Cameron said. “I know what I’m going to do the next six or seven years.”
Cameron added about the film’s win, “The thing is, we’re going to be fine. I’m sure we’ll soon have a discussion with the top folks at Disney about the game plan going forward for ‘Avatar 3’, which is already in the can – we’ve already shot and photographed the entire film, so we’re in extended post-production to do all that CG magic. And then “Avatar 4” and “5” are both written. We even have some of the ‘4’ in the can. We have started a franchise at this point. We have started a saga that can now be played out in many films.”
When Cameron said in November that Waterway would have to become the “third or fourth highest-grossing film in history” just to “break even,” he appeared to be referring to the $2 billion mark . The director clarified his comment to Chris Wallace, saying: “I never gave him a number. I said it would have to be among the highest grossing films in history and someone else applied that number and got caught. The number is actually smaller.”
Sources have told Variety that “Avatar: The Way of Water” is set at around $1.4 billion, a figure that the film has already surpassed. Insiders told Variety this week that “Waterway” will generate a box office total of at least $1.825 billion, though $2 billion certainly remains within reach. Either way, Cameron says the film will be profitable enough to warrant sequels.
So what can audiences expect to see as the Avatar franchise moves forward? Cameron previously told France’s 20 Minutes that Avatar 3 will explore “different cultures than what I’ve already shown,” adding, “Fire will be represented by the ‘People of Grace.’ show the Na’vi from a different angle, because so far I’ve only shown their good sides.”
“In the early films, there are very negative human examples and very positive Na’vi examples,” the director continued. “In ‘Avatar 3’ we’re going to do the opposite.”
Producer Jon Landau told Gizmodo that once the Avatar franchise reaches Avatar 5, the story will feature several Na’vi characters coming to Earth. He said: “In [‘Avatar 5’] there is a part of the story where we go to Earth. And we go to her to open people’s eyes, to open Neytiri’s eyes, to what exists on Earth. Land is not only represented by RDA [the franchise’s evil organization known as the Resources Development Administration]. Just as you are defined by the choices you make in life, not all people are bad. Not all Na’vi are good. And that is the case here on Earth. And we want to expose Neytiri to that.”
“Avatar: Waterway” is now playing in theaters nationwide.