“Avatar: The Way of Water” is repeating its financial success at the box office with streaming success at home, topping the Nielsen streaming charts in its first week of release.
‘The Way of Water’ Repeats Success on Small Screen
“The Way of Water” recorded 1.9 billion viewing minutes between Disney+ and Max during the week of June 5 through 11, which is the most recent Nielsen info released. Deadline elaborates:
According to Nielsen, the film was of particular interest to the younger crowd with 75% of viewers under 50 and 50% under 35.
James Cameron has now directed three out of the top four highest-grossing movies globally: “Avatar,” “Avatar: The Way of Water,” and “Titanic.” Zoë Saldaña, meanwhile, has starred in three out of the top four, having appeared in both “Avatar” films and “Avengers: Endgame.”
Disney released a video celebrating the global phenomenon of “Avatar: The Way of Water,” which you can watch below.
The Future of ‘Avatar’
The third installment in the movie franchise is expected in December 2024 as long as there are no delays in production. Filming for the second and third films took place from 2017 through 2022 in New Zealand and both films were recorded alongside one another.
Returning characters Jake Sully and Neytiri will appear in the third installment, while it is also known that Miles ‘Spider” Socorro played by Jack Champion will be returning for the next film.
Although the third movie has not been given an official title, James Cameron did reply to a report from the BBC that the next movie would be “Avatar: The Seed Bearer” — stating that the name is “in consideration” but not been confirmed yet.
It’s rumored that an “Avatar 3” 9-hour director’s cut will premiere as a limited series on Disney+ after the theatrical release.
There are plans for two more sequels to the AVATAR movie franchise planned, 4 and 5 that at this time have no titles or release dates announced. With the success at the box office of the second film, the odds of the continuing saga of the movies could be just around the corner with the next two chapters possibly beginning production in the coming years.
In the parks, this franchise continues to expand its reach. Along with Pandora — The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, another version of the immersive land has been confirmed for the Disneyland Resort, while it is also believed but note officially announced that Disneyland Paris will receive something similar.
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