Raising alarming questions on whether James Cameron’s dream over his “Avatar” sequels would turn out to be a delusion, “Avatar: The Way of Water” opens at a lower-than-anticipated $134 million in domestic box office, however the long-awaited sequel of original “Avatar” (2009) appeared to have handed out a much-needed boost to theatre owners with the sequel totalling a whopping $435 million globally. Besides, the film had received modest reviews from the critics with MetaCritic rating the film at a 69 per cent and the critics of Rotten Tomatoes rating the film at a decent 78 per cent. In the matter of the fact, the big-budget “Avatar: The Way of Water,” production cost of which had been in a range between $350 million and $400 million without promos what eventually had made it the world’s fourth-most costliest film ever, had entered into profitability over the first weekend despite missing out projections from the industry analysts.
“Avatar: The Way of Water” opens at $134 million
Nevertheless, if truth is to be spoken, the original “Avatar” also had missed expectations over the first weekend and generated only a $79 million, however, the film had gradually begun to take a larger bite across the globe and secured as many as $2.9 billion as of December 2022, becoming the highest-grossing film ever.
Apart from that, although, “Avatar: The Way of Water” had had a below-par performance in domestic box office, the film had received a warm welcome across the globe, as it tallied a mind-boggling $435 million across the world, having been ranked as the third-biggest opening in a pandemic-era new normalcy behind “Spider-Man: No Way Home” ($600 million) alongside “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” ($442 million).