Supply: Walt Disney Studios
Disney is predicted to snare $30 million in ticket gross sales globally from its theatrical re-release of 2009’s “Avatar.”
Whereas home ticket gross sales, which is able to attain $10 million, in line with projections, are in-line with analysts’ projections, it is the worldwide tally of $20 million that has field workplace analysts buzzing.
The re-release of the twentieth Century Studio movie has come to be considered as a form of litmus take a look at for whether or not audiences nonetheless need to go to its eco-conscious science fiction world created by James Cameron. “Avatar: The Method of Water,” the primary of 4 sequels to the unique movie, is slated for launch in December.
“This weekend’s outcomes are strong given the movie’s unique play in 3D and may bode properly for the sequel’s much more important launch in December,” mentioned Shawn Robbins, chief media analyst at BoxOffice.com.
There’s clearly nonetheless viewers curiosity for “Avatar,” field workplace analysts agreed after seeing Sunday’s projected figures. Nevertheless, it is nonetheless up within the air as as to if that curiosity will translate to ticket gross sales in December, significantly for 3D showings.
“There are nonetheless inquiries to be answered, although,” Robbins mentioned. “We won’t confidently say the viewers turnout right here offered sufficient of a litmus take a look at on unique 3D rollouts given how re-releases, generally, have carried out lately.”
Robbins famous that it might be vital for Disney to supply quite a lot of display choices, together with 2D on premium screens like IMAX, alongside its push for 3D. Whereas there was a small window within the wake of “Avatar’s” first launch the place audiences gravitated closely in direction of 3D showings, that has waned within the final decade.
This may not be as a lot of a problem internationally, nevertheless. 3D has remained exceptionally in style in international markets, particularly in China. And it is vital to keep in mind that “Avatar” made the majority of its cash outdoors of the U.S. — a whopping $2.08 billion.
Producing double the quantity of ticket gross sales internationally, in comparison with home tallies, alerts that the audiences that bolster “Avatar” to the highest of the field workplace charts will possible return for “The Method of Water.”
“Impressively there’s nonetheless nice viewers curiosity within the ‘Avatar’ franchise on the large display,” mentioned Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore. “The $20.5 million earned this weekend internationally makes a powerful case for the potential for an enormous debut for the brand new movie around the globe in December.”