Avatar: The Way of Water just released its first trailer and already made quite the splash in the film market, as the film managed to garner 148.6M views within its first 24-hours. The announcement comes from Disney and 20th Century which also highlighted that 23M were lone from China. Keep in mind, that this is excluding everyone that watched the trailer in its exclusive theatrical launch alongside Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which made its own mark with $450M worldwide.
To put it into comparison, the film has managed to pull in more viewers than Black Widow (116.8M), Incredibles 2 (113.1M), and Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker (112.4M). It’s impressive considering the first entry was released in 2009 and people mostly had to go on the promise of multiple sequels being in development. The impressions are certainly positive and will seemingly draw in quite a crowd going by these early numbers. The film will release on December 16th with the return of Sam Worthington‘s Jake Sully and Zoe Saldaña‘s Na’vi Neytiri.
The original made quite the splash in theaters by becoming a massive hit and taking the top box office spot from director James Cameron‘s other hit, the Titanic. While Avengers: Endgame managed to pass the film’s initial box office success, a sneaky re-release campaign gave it an additional boost to once again claim the top spot. As both franchises are under Disney’s subsidiaries, the company has managed to keep its hands on two very valuable IPs and highlights that they are also all in to give Cameron the time he needed to develop multiple Avatar sequels.