James Cameron probably didn’t spend years invent new underwater film technology, right for us to see Avatar: The Way of Water on our laptops. But hey, it’s 2023 – if people want to stream a movie, they will.
Still, the long-awaited theatrical release of Cameron’s is long overdue Avatar the sequel was able to lure enough viewers off their sofas and into cinemas around the world. So much so that it has grossed over $2 billion a month after opening in theaters. It’s also only the sixth film ever to cross that benchmark, according to Deadline.
Along with its commercial success, the sci-fi saga has also earned four Academy Award nominations: Best Picture, Best Production Design, Best Sound, and Best Visual Effects. Given the news, viewers are likely curious to watch (or rewatch) the sci-fi epic — which follows Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) and their family — ahead of the ceremony.
Avatar: The Way of Water is still playing in theaters and not yet streaming, but viewers can expect to see it on Disney+ in the future. The question is when. About PeopleDisney announced in 2021 that its films would begin streaming 45 days after their theatrical debut, but the rules may have changed since then, especially now that the COVID restrictions have been eased. Black Panther: Wakanda Foreverfor example will start streaming 82 days after opening. Given Avatar 2 was an even bigger hit at the box office, we wouldn’t be surprised if it took even longer for the film to hit Disney+’s library.
Meanwhile, the original 2009 Avatar streamer on the platform if you want to brush up on your Na’vi before watching the sequel.
Erica Gonzales is Senior Culture Editor at ELLE.com, where she oversees coverage on TV, film, music, books and more. She was previously an editor at HarpersBAZAAR.com. There’s a 75 percent chance she’s listening to Lorde right now.