James Cameron’s most anticipated of the year 2022’s AVATAR 2: The Way Of Water has been released in cinemas worldwide from 15th of December. In this article, we will talk about its box office collection, how much it is expected to perform, critic reviews, movie rating, and much more below.
Avatar 2 On Box office Predictions, Expectations, Business Records!
One week prior to AVATAR 2 December 16 release, Boxoffice Pro projected a domestic opening weekend in North America to be $167–192 million and projected the film would earn $662–861 million for its total domestic gross.
In regards to box-office projections according to James Cameron, it is estimated that due to the film’s near-record-breaking budget, $350–400 million.
Avatar: The Way of Water would have to gross at least $2 billion in order to break even, with him admitting that: “Very f*cking [expensive]. The worst business case in movie history. You have to be the third or fourth highest-grossing film in history. That’s your threshold. That’s your break even.“
Avatar 2 Movie Reviews, Critic Reviews, and Rating
On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 82% of 186 critics’ reviews are positive, with an average rating of 7.2/10. The website’s consensus states, “Narratively, it might be fairly standard stuff — but visually speaking, Avatar: The Way of Water is a stunningly immersive experience.“
Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 69 out of 100, based on 52 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews”.
ReelViews critic James Berardinelli called Way of Water “awesome,” saying that it “may not be the most intricately made or intellectually rigorous motion picture, but it exemplifies what ‘cinematic’ means today.”
In terms of visuals, Berardinelli stated that he’d “never be able to adequately describe the leap forward that The Way of Water takes” and that “it’s as close to Virtual Reality as can be obtained in a movie theater.”
In terms of plot, Berardinelli said that “the overall narrative has a familiar quality” but that “the storyline is sufficiently engaging and the characters all have arcs.“
New York Post critic Johnny Oleksinski said that Way of Water is “is as visually exhilarating and sweepingly told as its predecessor,” with a “more emotionally vigorous” plot and “stronger character development and drama” and that “you’ll once again leave [the theater] starry-eyed and in disbelief over what you’ve just seen.”
Slant Magazine critic Keith Uhlich praised the “genuine thrills provided by its pioneering pageantry” while noting “the perversity of preaching for a small [environmental] footprint with a production this inordinately large.”
Variety critic Owen Gleiberman praised the film as a “dizzyingly spectacular sequel” with “miraculously sustained” combat sequences, “scenes that will make your eyes pop, your head spin and your soul race” and “state-of-the-art 3D (never in-your-face, just images that look and feel sculpted) [that] make the film’s every underwater glide feel as experiential as one that you’re literally on.”
On the other hand, Gleiberman felt that the story is “basic” with a “string of serviceable clichés,” “bare-bones dialogue” and little dimensionality to the characters.
The Atlantic critic David Sims said that the film will wow audiences and exhibit “new delights…in the alien world of Pandora” while noting that the film gets off to a slow start that is ” busy with plot details as the film updates the audience on the past decade-plus of Pandoran life.”
Entertainment Weekly (EW) critic Leah Greenblatt summed up her review of The Way of Water saying that it “created its own whole-cloth reality, a meticulous world-building as astonishing and enveloping as anything we’ve ever seen on screen — until that crown is passed, inevitably, in December 2024, the projected release date for Avatar 3.”
In contrast, The Guardian critic Peter Bradshaw was critical of the “scathingly bland plot” and noted that despite the shift in setting “there isn’t a single interesting visual image”.
San Francisco Chronicle reviewer Mick LaSalle called it “a one-hour story rattling around in a 192-minute bag,” while acknowledging that “it looks pretty good,” incorporating “one of the best uses of 3-D to date, with visuals that seem to have been conceived in three dimensions.”
The Telegraph critic Robbie Collin said that the film “has no plot, no stakes, and atrocious dialogue” and that “for all its world-building sprawl, The Way of Water is a horizon-narrowing experience – the sad sight of a great filmmaker reversing up a creative cul-de-sac.”