Get ready for a long bath.
by James Cameron Avatar: The Way of the Water has a runtime worthy of the 13-year wait for the sequel, around three hours and 10 minutes, sources say The Hollywood Reporter.
Avatar 2 hopes to join an elite club of longer Hollywood tentpoles who have done successful business in theaters, including Avengers: Endgame (three hours and 2 minutes) and Cameron’s Titanic (three hours and 14 minutes). The two films rank No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, on Comscore’s list of the highest-grossing films of all time at the worldwide box office, without adjusting for inflation.
Cameron’s Original Avatar, released in December 2009, remains at #1 all these years later. This movie was about 29 minutes shorter than the sequel, which was two hours and 41 minutes.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, movies have gotten longer, with many Hollywood event shots running longer than two hours and 30 minutes, which by traditional standards is considered long. (An exception was Sony’s box office sensation Spider-Man: No Coming Homewhich happened just under the wire at two hours and 28 minutes.)
This trend will continue throughout the year. December mast Babylonby Paramount and filmmaker Damien Chazelle, lasts at least three hours, insiders say THR. And Marvel and Disney Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which opens Nov. 11, is two hours and 41 minutes. Matt Reeves’ The Batmanreleased earlier this year, ran for two hours and 55 minutes.
A movie’s runtime includes credits, which can take up to 10 minutes.
20th century and Disney, cradle of The way of the water, have yet to release an official runtime for the sequel, but the movie’s runtime started leaking once it received an official rating. (In the United States, the film is rated PG-13.) Some theaters inadvertently listed the runtime on their websites when posting the rating.
Disney, which inherited the Avatar franchise when buying 20th Century Fox, declined to comment.
At the beginning of September, Cameron came from New Zealand to the D23 to present half a dozen scenes from The way of the water, which the filmmaker also produced alongside his longtime Lightstorm co-star Jon Landau. Stars Zoe Saldaña, Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver and Stephen Lang were in person at the convention. Much of the footage showed Cameron’s immersive underwater work.
Shortly after D23, Disney and 20th Century released a remastered version of the first Avatar in order to reward the public for the future. The re-release grossed over $76 million at the worldwide box office, bringing the film’s current gross to over $2.92 billion.
Water Way again focuses on Sully de Worthington and Saldaña’s Na’vi character, Neytiri. It picks up a decade after the original and follows their family, with additional stars including franchise newcomers Vin Diesel and Kate Winslet.
Avatar: The Way of the Water opens in North America on December 16, depending on its global rollout.
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