The Oscar Project
It's the weekend many people have been anticipating for over a decade. Audiences finally get to see what James Cameron has been working on the for the last 13 years since the release of the original Avatar.
The first film from 2009 remains the highest grossing film at the worldwide box office, ahead of Avengers: Endgame by a little over $100 million. At the domestic box office, Endgame, Spider-Man: No Way Home, and Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens have all surpassed Avatar. But worth noting is that James Cameron's two most successful films in terms of box office receipts, (Avatar and Titanic) are still among the top ten both domestically and worldwide, and remain the only two films in the top of those lists not made in the last ten years. Even with inflation and the rise of premium format screens that have also increased ticket prices, few films have been able to match the box office success of Cameron's biggest films.
Now, does that mean that we'll see Avatar: The Way of Water vaulting into the top of the box office charts this weekend? Probably not. Looking back at 2009, the first Avatar had an opening weekend box office of just over $77 million, which puts it as the 113th best opening weekend, right between 2006's Tom Hanks film The Da Vinci Code, and the 2018 reboot of Halloween. Titanic only pulled in $28.6 million in its first weekend, making it the 637th best opening weekend since those numbers were tracked consistently.
Obviously we know a bit more of what to expect this time around with The Way of Water. Cameron has waited so long to complete this film because the technology didn't exist to shoot underwater scenes like he wanted. It harkens back a bit to making The Abyss and some of the struggles he went through to shoot underwater scenes in that film.
Let me know in the comments below if you're going to see Avatar: The Way of Water this weekend. I'm hoping to go myself after just watching the original the other night on Disney+.
With Avatar: The Way of Water dominating the box office this weekend, there is little room for anything else, but a few limited releases are dropping in case anyone is looking for something that's NOT Avatar.
I'm just a film buff who wants to watch great movies. Where else to find the best, than the list of those nominated by the Academy each year?