Avatar: The Way of The Water has been a massive, global box office success. The highly anticipated surpassed both the global box office of 1.3 billion USD and the top 15 highest-grossing film mark. Despite the high cost of production, it seems the studio’s investment seemed to have been ultra-profitable. Director James Cameron announced that the film is on track to blow past the break-even point and has already surpassed Top Gun: Maverick as 2022’s highest-grossest film. Considering the early success of the long-awaited sequel, the studio has already had discussions regarding further Avatar movies.
In a conversation on HBO Max’s Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace, the director reveals, “It looks like just with the momentum that the film has now that will easily pass our break even in the next few days, so it looks like I can’t wiggle out of this, I’m gonna have to do these other sequels.” Cameron is referencing Avatar 4 and 5 because Avatar 3 is already slated to release in 2024. He adds,
“I know what I’m going to be doing the next six or seven years. The point is we’re going to be okay. I’m sure that we’ll have a discussion soon with the top folks at Disney about the game plan going forward for Avatar 3, which is already in the can – we’ve already captured and photographed the whole film so we’re in extended post-production to do all that CG magic. And then Avatar 4 and 5 are both written. We even have some of 4 in the can. We’ve begun a franchise at this point. We’ve begun a saga that can now play out over multiple films.”
Cameron also dismissed the rumor of the second film needed to earn at least 2 billion dollars as hearsay. He said, “To clarify, I never actually gave it a number. I said it would have to be among the highest-grossing films in history and somebody else applied that number and it got picked up. The number is actually less.”
In a recent interview with the magazine 20 Minutes, Cameron confirmed that he’ll be introducing a new Na’vi clan that’s focused around fire in Avatar 3: “The fire will be represented by the ‘Ash People.’ I want to show the Na’vi from another angle because, so far, I have only shown their good sides. In the early films, there are very negative human examples and very positive Na’vi examples. In Avatar 3, we will do the opposite. We will also explore new worlds while continuing the story of the main characters. I can say that the last parts will be the best. The others were an introduction, a way to set the table before serving the meal.”
If all goes to plan, Avatar 3 is set to release on December 20, 2024.