To break even, James Cameron’s “Avatar: The Way of Water” will need to break all box office records and become one of the highest-grossing pictures of all time.
The groundbreaking filmmaker recalls telling Disney and 20th Century Studios that the long-awaited followup to 2009’s ‘Avatar’ offers “the worst business case in movie history” in an interview with GQ. It was “extremely f**king” expensive”, he said.
“In order to be profitable, you have to be the third or fourth highest-grossing film in history. That’s your threshold. That’s your break even.”
Just five films in the history of the industry have ever grossed more than $2 billion, and two of them were directed by Cameron.
The first film, “Avatar,” brought in $2.74 billion throughout the globe around the time of its first release, and subsequent airings of the film brought in an additional almost $2 million.
The other films in this list are “Avengers: Endgame,” which came in second place with $2.8 billion, “Titanic,” which came in third place with $2.2 billion, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which came in fourth place with $2.07 billion, and “Avengers: Infinity War,” which came in fifth place with $2.05 billion.
Cameron has a lot to live up to with this new installment of Avatar, but he has been doubted in the past, only to emerge as one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. We think he’ll reach his mark.
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