The “Avatar 2” release date was finally announced by director James Cameron. It’s not surprising that the “Avatar 2” release date will cross over a holiday weekend, because that is where Cameron has found quite a bit of success with his past films. In addition to revealing the “Avatar 2” premiere, Cameron also hinted how soon “Avatar 3” will hit theaters as well. Now we can plan ahead for when theaters will be inundated with “Avatar” advertisements.
According to Entertainment Weekly, “Avatar 2” will be released Christmas of 2014, allowing the holidays to build up the box office gross. As for the “Avatar 3” release date, Cameron states that it will hit around Christmas of 2015. This gives back-to-back releases for Cameron, and ensures audiences will retain their interest level between the two sequels of the most successful film in U.S. box office history.
There has been very little revealed about what will take place in the two film sequels, but Cameron must have written it out so that it appeals to a wide audience. This had seemed like one of those films that wrapped itself up neatly, making a sequel (or two) pretty unnecessary. With how well the first “Avatar” did at the box office, both in the domestic markets and worldwide, it eliminates any question about why Cameron and the studios would want to revisit the storylines.
Much like the Fourth of July weekends used to belong to Will Smith, it seems that Cameron is trying to take ownership of Christmas releases, having found immense success with first “Titanic” and then “Avatar” during their releases. Now the question will become just how high the box office receipts will be for the “Avatar 2” opening weekend, and if the movie can come anywhere close to what the original film was able to do around the world.
The ending box office for “Avatar,” counting both the original release and the 3D release, placed the film in uncharted territory when it comes to theatrical releases. In the domestic box office, “Avatar” drew $760.5 million worth of ticket sales, and in the foreign box office, the film drew another $2.02 billion in receipts. The total worldwide gross ended being $2.78 billion, a number that no other film has even come close to duplicating.
Will “Avatar 2” find equal success? It’s hard to foresee that, but most critics didn’t think that the first film would become the highest grossing film of all time either.