Avatar: The Way of Water is the first of four sequels planned for the franchise. According to BBC News, the third, fourth, and fifth films will be titled Avatar: The Seed Bearer, Avatar: The Tulkun Rider, and Avatar: The Quest for Eywa, respectively.
As the first “Avatar” film has earned the highest box office gross of all time, it is expected that its long-awaited sequel will also do well on the box office when it is released on December 16, 2022. Early this year, the first film was rereleased for a limited period of three weeks and made $76.5 million despite the fact it has been around for 13 years and has already established itself as a classic.
However, director James Cameron is not very optimistic about how his franchise sequels will do in the current environment, given how things have changed in the 13 years since the first “Avatar” film was released.
In the December 2022 issue of Total Film (on sale November 10), Cameron expressed that he does not know how “Avatar” will perform financially, but recognizes that it is important to reaching the fifth film.
Although the first Avatar film was a huge success, Cameron is prepared to end the series with the third film if The Way of Water fails to connect with audiences.
The market could be telling us we’re done in three months, or we might be semi-done, meaning: ‘Okay, let’s complete the story within movie three, and not go on endlessly,’ if it’s just not profitable … We’re in a different world now than we were when I wrote this stuff, even. It’s the one-two punch — the pandemic and streaming. Or, conversely, maybe we’ll remind people what going to the theater is all about. This film definitely does that. The question is: how many people give a s*** now?”
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Cameron was candid about the box office prospects for Avatar 2.
“The big issue is: Are we going to make any damn money? “Big, expensive films have got to make a lot of money. We’re in a new world post-COVID, post-streaming. Maybe those numbers will never be seen again. Who knows? It’s all a big roll of the dice.”