‘Avatar 2’ has made enough money to secure more sequels

James Cameron has an ambitious plan for Avatar franchise, partly because James Cameron only has ambitious plans for anything and everything in his life. When he agreed to make more of these films, it was never just to make a sequel, it was for a whole series of sequels. And as he planned, the number of sequels was expanded. Last we heard, he had firm designs on making four Avatar sequels – but he has already said that he has ideas for at least two more films after that, movies that he probably wouldn’t even be physically able to make himself, just because of how long these things take to make and his own age. (Cameron turns 69 later this year.)

But you know what they said: One plans and Eywa laughs. Disney won’t just keep making Avatar movies forever because Cameron wants to; these things have to make money. And since Avatar Saga is among the most expensive artistic endeavors they ever have to undertake lots of money to justify their existence.

Cameron has publicly said that the first sequel, Avatar: The Way of Water, needed to make somewhere in the neighborhood of $2 billion to ensure profitability and the longevity of the series. The film hasn’t quite reached that level yet, but it’s not far off either. The film has already grossed over $1.51 billion worldwide after three weeks of release, making it one of the top ten highest-grossing films in history. And it looks like things are going well enough for Cameron to confirm, well, more Avatars coming.

AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER
20th Century Studios

In an interview with Chris Wallace (via THR), Cameron confirmed The Way of the Water doing well enough that it “will easily pass our hiatus in the next few days, so it looks like I can’t budge from this, I’ll have to do these other sequels.”

He added:

I’m sure we’ll have a discussion with the top folks at Disney soon about the game plan going forward Avatar 3, which is already in the can – we’ve already captured and photographed the entire 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 the 4 in the can. We have started a franchise at this point. We have started a saga that can now unfold over several films.

“I know what I’m going to do for the next six or seven years,” Cameron also said.

So buckle up Avatar fans (presumably by attaching your braid to the flying dragon you ride). You have six or seven more years Avatar movie is coming.

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