James Cameron says Avatar 2 is set to make $2 billion at the box office

published, 2022-11-22t10:36:36

Updates, 2022-11-22t10:36:36

James Cameron says Avatar 2 needs to earn $2 billion at the box office for the sequel to be profitable.

The new trailer for Avatar: The Way of Water describes it as “the motion picture phenomenon of a generation.” While some may scoff at the original incarnation and debate its irrelevance, it’s as simple as that: They’re wrong.

It’s been 13 years since James Cameron’s mega-hit, which is still renowned for its polished, immersive VFX mastery. Even after all this time, it is the highest grossing film of all time.

The hype for Avatar 2 is high, but the question remains: will it make as much money as the first one? The director hopes so for more reasons than one.

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Avatar 2 needs a historic run at the box office

For Avatar 2 to be profitable, it will need to make at least $2 billion at the worldwide box office, on par with the likes of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Avengers: Infinity War.

In an interview with GQ prior to the sequel’s release, Cameron described it as “absolutely insanely” expensive, even calling it “the worst business case in film history”.

“You have to be the third or fourth highest-grossing film in history [to be profitable], That is your threshold. This is your break even,” he said.

Now, as far as we know, Avatar 2 had a budget of $250 million before marketing costs. However, Cameron’s comment places it higher – higher in fact. They haven’t provided any concrete numbers yet, but it appears that The Way of Water may be the most expensive film ever made.

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Amazingly, Cameron is not particularly fazed by such a challenge. “I like difficult. I am attracted to difficult. It is difficult for me to be a magnet. I go straight to difficult,” he said.

“And I think it probably goes back to the idea that there are a lot of smart, really talented, really talented filmmakers who can’t do difficult things. That gives me a strategic edge to do something that No one else has ever seen it, because really talented people don’t want to do it.

Avatar: The Way of Water will hit theaters on December 16. You can find more information about the film here.

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