‘Avatar 2’ nears $900 million despite brutal North American box office weather

Cameron with stars Kate Winslet, Sigourney Weaver and Zoe Saldana at the premiere of 'Avatar: The Way of Water' in London
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KEY POINTS

  • “Avatar: The Way Of Water” struggled to perform well at the North American box office this weekend
  • Bomb cyclone and COVID-19 concerns kept moviegoers out of theaters over the holidays
  • Overall Christmas Day revenue for all movies was $34.4 million, the worst in at least two decades

“Avatar: The Way of the Water” doesn’t let bad weather take its spotlight this holiday season. The highly anticipated sequel is on track to cross the $900 million mark in the latest global box office update.

Even though the brutal Storm Elliott makes holiday movies at the North American box office quite difficult and even impossible in many places, “Avatar 2” still impressed analysts with its latest worldwide ticket sales, said The Hollywood Reporter on Sunday.

Traditionally, the Christmas season is one of the most lucrative times for Hollywood films. But the bomb cyclone and lingering worries about COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses hurt ticket sales this weekend.

Overall reported Christmas Day revenue was just $34.4 million, the worst in at least two decades not counting 2020 when the pandemic began and brought the world to a standstill. For comparison, box office sales on December 25 of last year were $58.1 million.

So far, James Cameron’s new film has already racked up a domestic total of $253.7 million. Globally, the big budget mast has already grossed $855.4 million and is expected to top $900 million soon. Studios are waiting for next week to make up for lost ground, and the same goes for “Avatar 2.”

A week ago, the sci-fi film approached the $500 million mark in worldwide box office sales. Expectations are high for the film to equal the record of 2009’s original “Avatar,” which grossed $750 million in the United States and more than $2.7 billion worldwide throughout its run.

As “The Way Of Water” continued to sit atop the domestic box office, DreamWorks Animation and Universal’s “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” had no trouble securing No. $17.8 million four-day vacation. gross and $24.7 million in six-day openings at 4,099 theaters.

Meanwhile, the “Avatar 2” writers recently talked about splitting the script into two movies because they wrote “too much material” for the sequel. Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver said Cameron ultimately decided to split the script they did into two films.

Director James Cameron during a photocall for
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