Avatar 2 Must Become 3rd Highest-Grossing Film To Qualify As A Hit

While there has been no definitive answer regarding Avatar 2's budget, early reports indicate that it is expected to be in the $250 million range.

The only response Cameron gave to GQ magazine regarding the sequel's budget was, “Very fucking expensive.”

Apparently, Cameron told Disney executives and 20th Century Studios executives that his sequel budget represented "the worst business case in movie history."

In the director's opinion, “you have to be the third or fourth highest-grossing film in history. That’s your threshold. That’s your break even.” Meaning the movie may need to earn over $2 billion just to break even.

In the current rankings of the top-grossing movies (unadjusted for inflation), Cameron's 2009 "Avatar" ranks at the top with $2.9 billion. The second-placed film is Disney's "Avengers: Endgame" with $2.7 billion, while the third-placed film is Cameron's "Titanic" with $2.1 billion.

Cameron says if "Avatar: The Way of Water" wants to break even, it must overtake either "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" ($2.07 billion) or "Avengers: Infinity War" ($2.05 billion).

However, still, there's hope for "The Way of Water," as films such as Spider-Man: No Way Home and Top Gun: Maverick have made substantial profits despite the pandemic.

“Avatar: The Way of Water” is set to release in theaters on 16th December.

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