James Cameron’s long-awaited sequel Avatar: The Way of Water has landed a launch date in China, Disney and twentieth Century confirmed late Tuesday.
The film will open within the Middle Kingdom on Dec. 16, the identical day it hits North American theaters.
The Way of Water is likely one of the few Hollywood tentpoles to land a launch in China because the pandemic started.
Cameron’s Avatar sequel hits the large display screen extra 13 than years after Avatar made historical past in turning into the top-grossing movie of all time on the international field workplace, a crown it nonetheless wears immediately with greater than $2.92 billion in ticket gross sales, not adjusted for inflation and together with re-releases.
Avatar has been a giant hit over time in China, the place it has earned a hefty complete of $261.8 million thus far (it has been launched there a number of occasions).
The news of the China launch date comes two days after the beautiful news that Bob Iger will return to run the Walt Disney Co. as CEO, ensuing within the ouster of Bob Chapek. Sources say Iger has been an enormous proponent of the Avatar sequel, and Cameron.
Disney inherited the Avatar sequel after Iger engineered a deal to amass a lot of Rupert Murdoch’s twenty first Century Fox, together with the film studio twentieth Century Fox.
The Way of Water‘s production budget is one of the priciest in Hollywood’s historical past, and is probably going within the $350 million to $400 million vary, in line with outdoors sources.