Avatar: The Way of Water, the long-awaited sequel to 2009’s Avatar, has entered box office tracking. The film is currently projected to open at $150 million domestically, however, tracking has the movie eyeing an opening closer to $175 million. As if that wasn’t a big enough opening, some rivals believe the movie will open to $200 million.
While those numbers are about on par with the likes of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, that’s well ahead of the original film’s $77 million opening. It remains to be seen whether or not, like Avatar, The Way of Water has legs. The original film wasn’t frontloaded like most blockbuster films – namely superhero films – and had impressive legs at the box office. To date, Avatar has $2.7 billion at the worldwide box office.
Working in The Way of Water‘s favor, too, is that it has managed to secure a China release. As of late, most blockbusters have forgone a release in China, having failed to secure approval for release. The Way of Water will release day and date in China with domestic. The first film earned an impressive $260 million at the China box office back in 2009, thanks in part to both IMAX and 3D.
Tickets for The Way of Water are on sale now. It hits theaters on December 16th.