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Box Office: ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ Lands Coveted Release In China

James Cameron’s highly anticipated sequel Avatar: The way of the water has landed a release date in China, Disney and 20th Century confirmed late Tuesday.

The film will premiere in the Middle Kingdom on December 16, the same day it hits North American cinemas.

The way of the water is one of the few Hollywood tentpoles to have received a release in China since the start of the pandemic.

from Cameron avatar sequel hits the big screen more than 13 years later avatar made history by becoming the highest-grossing film of all time at the global box office, a crown it still wears with over $2.92 billion in ticket sales, unadjusted for inflation and including re-releases.

avatar has been a big hit in China over the years, where it has earned a total of $261.8 million to date (it has been released several times there).

News of the release date in China comes two days after the stunning news that Bob Iger will return to join Walt Disney Co. as CEO, resulting in the impeachment of Bob Chapek. Sources say Iger is a strong supporter of the avatar continued, and Cameron.

Disney inherited the Avatar sequel after Iger signed a deal to acquire a large portion of Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox business, including the 20th Century Fox movie studio.

The way of the water‘s production budget is one of the most expensive in Hollywood history and is likely between $350 million and $400 million, according to outside sources.

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