SATURDAY UPDATE: James Cameron ’s remastered Avatar added another 13 offshore markets on Friday, including the UK and Japan, plus lifted its three-day international box office cume to $7. 7M . On a like-for-like basis, that’s 54% ahead of the 2012 3D reissue of Star Wars: Episode I . Along with domestic’s opening Friday, the particular Disney rerelease has a global total of $11M so far, headed to about $25M for the weekend.
As previously noted, this Character sortie isn’t really regarding boosting numbers on what is already the biggest movie of all time worldwide, rather it’s a place setter for Cameron’s upcoming sequel, Avatar: The Way associated with Water , scenes of which are tagged onto the particular end of the original that is currently in cinemas. Still, the money the reissue is earning and the buzz surrounding the enhanced visuals is nothing to sling an arrow at.
Already on Wednesday and Thursday, Avatar saw several No. 1 openings, and on Fri added top starts within Indonesia and Taiwan. In the UK , the particular launch day was $300K at No . 3 ( Don’t Worry Darling and Ticket to Paradise are ahead of it there). This was 13% bigger than Star Wars: Episode I ’s rerelease launch plus 249% bigger than the recent rerelease of Spider-Man: No Way Home . Eighty-six percent of box office was from THREE DIMENSIONAL.
Japan for its part took 100% of its grosses from 3D and landed 7% behind Phantom Menace ’s 2012 reissue and 488% higher than No Way Home ’s more recent rerelease.
The particular top overseas market to date is still France with $1. 1M through Friday, followed by Italy ($600K), Australia ($600K), Korea ($400K) and Germany ($400K). A note about Korea: the film saw the huge 150% increase today versus Friday taking the gross through Saturday in order to $871K (not reflected in the overall totals above).
We’ll have a full update on Sunday.
PREVIOUS, FRIDAY UPDATE: With its Thurs figures tallied, Disney’s rerelease of James Cameron’s Avatar has grossed $3. 5M from 37 international box office marketplaces. On a like-for-like overseas basis, that two-day number places the return to Pandora 57% in front of the 2012 THREE DIMENSIONAL reissue associated with Star Battles: Episode We and 29% below the particular 2012 3D version of Cameron’s own Titanic which had an Easter holiday bow.
The Avatar rerelease comes the little under three months ahead of the launch of Character: The Way associated with Water , and acts as a refresher on the world of the Na’vi and the immersive 3D visuals — 50% of offshore screens are usually showing it in THREE DIMENSIONAL this weekend with strong uptake in Korea, Italy, Germany and other majors. There’s also sneak footage from Way of Water labeled onto the particular Avatar reissue, giving audiences a taste of what’s to come with regard to the highly-anticipated sequel.
On Thursday, key markets Italy ($300K), Philippines and Mexico ($200K apiece) each saw No. 1 launches for that remastered / 20th Century Studios title. Other No. 1s were within Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia, Ukraine, Singapore, Thailand, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador plus Bolivia.
Australia , where the film started at Zero. 3 on Thursday, had a $400K opening day, 36% in front of the 2012 Titanic reissue. 3D repped 69% from the box workplace.
Leading the particular charge up to now on the rerelease is France at $700K through two days, followed by Australia, Italy, Saudi Arabia ($300K/two days) and Korea ($300K/two days/$446K via today). Notably in the particular latter, whose Friday number is not included in the overall total above, audience reactions are very positive with the Naver score of 9. 82 plus a CGV score associated with 98%.
North America releases today (coming in with about $2. 5M in presales) as well as the UK, Japan and India among key markets.
We will have more updates throughout the weekend break.
EARLIER, THURSDAY: Disney yesterday began overseas rollout on the particular remastered rerelease of Wayne Cameron’s Avatar in five early markets with the Na’vi seeing a collective $877K gross. The particular 4K high dynamic range version was Number one in Portugal at $513K, coming in 8% ahead of the comparable 3D rerelease of Titanic ship in 2012.
In Korea , the twentieth Century Galleries film has been No . 3 behind two local titles (through Thursday night, it’s taken in $277K). Elsewhere, Character came within Number 2 in Saudi Arabia and No. 1 in both Belgium plus Philippines.
Today adds such markets as Germany, Italia, Australia, Brazil and South america. In total, Avatar will play upon over 8, 000 just offshore screens and in North America this weekend.
As we reported on Wednesday, social media was abuzz as it emerged that put footage of the upcoming sequel, Avatar: The way in which of Water , has been tagged onto the end from the film. Reactions were highly good.
Meanwhile, Disney will be pulling out the stops when it comes to Character and China. To coincide with the particular opening of Shanghai The disney produtcions Resort’s Avatar: Explore The planet pandora immersive exhibition, the park held the special screening of the movie, replete with a message from the filmmaker.
In The far east, the one-off screening utilized the CINITY technology that was developed in the particular country. Character is not rereleasing wide in the market because it was already in cinemas there last year.
The news follows word that executives from Tiongkok Film Group were recently treated to a screening of footage from the upcoming Method of Drinking water , receiving a surprise greeting from Cameron.
It’s too early for term of a good Avatar two release in China, though it’s a massive market for the particular franchise with the first film doing over $200M there way back in 2010, as well as the rerelease adding $58M. That pushed the Na’vi past Avengers: Endgame in order to reclaim the crown associated with highest-grossing movie of all time in the global box office.
Shanghai Disney’s Explore Pandora, a temporary installation slated for a six-month engagement, will be the particular first Avatar -themed touring exhibit hosted in a Disney park globally. Designed inside collaboration along with Lightstorm Entertainment and Disney Location-Based Experiences, the walkthrough exhibition offers guests an exploration of the fantastical alien moon of The planet pandora, the culture of the Na’vi and their bioluminescent environments.
Set across 1, 400-square meters, this features life-sized recreations associated with iconic landmarks from your film, including the Tree of Voices. Standing six meters in height, the centerpiece is a glowing recreation of the particular movie’s sacred place of connection containing whispers through the ancestors from the Na’vi.
High-tech interactives include the Amplified Mobility Platform (AMP) suit simulator, while well since an opportunity to be “Avatarized. ” There’s also a shopping experience.
Avatar: The Way of Water begins abroad rollout upon December 14 this year and lands in Northern America on December 16.