After 13 years of its initial theatrical release, Avatar has once again topped the worldwide weekend box office owing to its $30.5 million gross from its remastered re-release. This re-release of Avatar officially topped the Global Box Office over all other new releases. This James Cameron’s original science-fiction epic was re-released by Disney to get attention and positive reviews in preparation for the sequel “The Way of Water,” which debuts in December.
How much was the Avatar re-release made worldwide?
The Avatar re-release global box office brought in $10 million domestically, placing it third behind The Woman King and Don’t Worry Darling. Internationally, it made an additional $20.5 million, with No. 1 debuts in France, Italy, Taiwan, and Thailand.
The re-release of Avatar debuted at the top of the box office in 13 smaller markets and France (with an estimated $2.9 million, the top international market). In an additional nine countries, notably India and Hong Kong, it was the number-one non-local title.
With an estimated $1.3 million apiece, the four markets of Germany, the UK/Ireland, South Korea, and Mexico tied for third place in the global box office behind France and Italy. Comparatively, Disney’s Avengers: Endgame only made about 27% of its worldwide box office revenue on 3D/4D/Imax formats.
The biggest contributor, Imax contributed $6 million of the $30.5 million global gross for the rerelease of Avatar. It did particularly well in Japan (38%), South Korea (40%), Hong Kong (55%), and Taiwan (38%).
With $264 million in lifetime Imax box office, Avatar has increased its lead as the highest-grossing Imax film ever with this weekend’s performance. This next weekend marks the launch of the Avatar remake in Spain. China and Russia have yet not been released.
Avatar was never an underrated or small movie even when it first came out. In 2009, the film generated a solid, but hardly record-breaking, $77 million opening at the domestic box office. Yet the film had unparalleled legs and remained a huge draw for months, driven by exceptional word-of-mouth, 3D showings, and plenty of repeat viewings. It held the No. 1 spot for a record consecutive seven weeks and remained in the top 10 for over three months, eventually climbing to $760 million in North America.
It’s just a few months until the sequel to Avatar is released and this all was to gather the audience again for the sequel. It is expected to make a good amount so let’s see if it also tops its predecessor.
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