It’s been 13 years since James Cameron’s Avatar was released, so naturally, the science-fiction extravaganza’s upcoming sequel, Avatar: The Way of Water, is gaining a lot of interest ahead of its December 16 release in theatres.
According to a Fandango survey, the continuation of Cameron’s storyline in the faraway moon of Pandora is so avidly anticipated that it has become the most in-demand movie for a whole group of cinema-goers especially the Gen-Z (18-24) demographic.
According to the study, Avatar: The Way of Water is the film that the Gen-Z demographic wants to see the most out of the upcoming movies that will be getting a wide release across all theatres this holiday season, ahead of Disney Animation’s Strange World, Paramount’s Babylon, Universal/Violent Blumhouse’s Night, and Dreamworks Animation’s Puss in Boots: The Last Wish.
Director James Cameron will undoubtedly hope that this survey is an accurate reflection of Avatar: The Way of Water’s box-office potential, given that its predecessor, Avatar, is officially the highest-grossing picture of all time, with a stunning $2.905 billion.
Cameron has recently stated that if the new sequel underperforms at the box office, he will shelve the entire franchise after Avatar 3, which has completed principal photography ahead of an expected December 20, 2024 release, thus canceling any plans to produce the franchise’s fourth and fifth films.
Since Gen-Z audiences were still young when Avatar came out in 2009, nostalgia may be a big factor in the success of Avatar: The Way of Water. Sam Worthington returns as Jake Sully, and Zoe Saldaa reprises her role as Neytiri. They now have three children, and the story picks up a decade after the events of Avatar.
In Avatar: The Way of Water, Jake and Neytiri are forced to escape their jungle home for Pandora’s oceans in order to keep their family safe as a threat emerges.
Will Avatar: The Way of Water be a hit with young adults when it hits theatres on December 16th? Cameron, Worthington, Saldaa, and actors Giovanni Ribisi, Sigourney Weaver, and Stephen Lang, who have all been in the franchise before, will be keeping their fingers crossed that it does. The trailer for Avatar: The Way of Water is shown below.