Too little interest in “Avatar 2”? Sci-fi sequel suffers significant defeat against Marvel hit

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Will “Avatar: The Way of Water” one of the biggest movies of the year or such a flop that James Cameron can’t realize his plan up to “Avatar 5” after all? This question has occupied the film world for some time. Some say it’s just too long since Avatar to lure the masses into theaters with a sequel. Others are convinced of the success of the sci-fi epic, after all James Cameron has earned his reputation as the master of the blockbuster for a reason.

Until we get the hard numbers from pre-sales and then the box office, trailer views are probably the best indicator of whether people are even interested in the film. And that definitely seems to be the case. According to The Hollywood Reporters (THR) became the first teaser trailer for Avatar: The Way of Water in the first 24 hours 148.6 million times viewed; although it was already running in the cinema before “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”, although there were probably some problems, at least in Germany. With this in mind, here you can watch the preview in a relaxed manner:

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THR also puts these view counts into context. For example, Avatar: The Way of Water managed to trump all the new Star Wars movies. The first teaser for The Rise of Skywalker was viewed just 112.4 million times in the first 24 hours. “Black Widow” (116.8 million views) and “The Incredibles 2” (113.1 million views) easily trumped the first preview of the sequel. However, the teaser also failed very clearly because of “Fast & Furious 9”, the first glimpse of which had a whopping 202.7 million views.

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“Fast & Furious 9” was also the first film during the corona pandemic to gross over 500 million US dollars at the worldwide box office. Overall, the latest installment in the fast-paced car saga grossed $726 million. Anything below one billion US dollars in cinema sales should be seen as a crushing defeat for “Avatar: The Way of Water”, although the cinema landscape has since recovered significantly more. Spider-Man: No Way Home managed to become the sixth highest-grossing film of all time. However, its first trailer was viewed a total of 355.5 million times in the first 24 hours.

“Avatar: The Way of Water” can’t keep up with the big cinema winners of recent times with its trailer hits. Still, nothing else is expected from the sequel to the highest-grossing film of all time. It should probably be 1.5 to 2 billion US dollars at the box office in order to leave no doubt about the ambitious plan with then three more parts. A stronger hype would probably have to build up over the coming months or the film would then be so convincing in the cinemas that even a comparatively moderate start could be compensated for by word of mouth in the following weeks. That’s exactly what happened to the predecessor. We’ll find out at the end of the year whether the successor can really do it: “Avatar: The Way of Water” starts on December 14, 2022 in German cinemas.

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