According to The Hollywood Reporter, the first “Avatar” is the highest-grossing film of all time, having grossed over $2.92 billion at the time of writing this article. Not surprisingly, the sequel, which is expected to cost between $150 million and $170 million, is very excited. However, as the THR report pointed out, this is a conservative estimate, so it’s possible the film could enjoy a better start. In comparison, “Avatar” opened at $77 million, which is still impressive.
The numbers predicted for Avatar: The Way of Water make the film look like a surefire hit, and it needs to be to break even. Speaking to GQ, James Cameron revealed that the sequel cost a lot of money and described it as the “worst business case in movie history”.
For Avatar: The Way of Water to break even, Cameron needs to come close to repeating the success of its predecessor. “You have to be the third or fourth highest-grossing film in history,” Cameron said of the film’s box office goals. “That’s your threshold. That’s your breakeven point.”