“So people actually liked this then?“: Fans react to Avatar’s $20.5 million box office number

A still from Avatar (Image via 20th Century Fox)
A still from Avatar (Image via 20th Century Fox)

There are a few things that are inevitable in life, like death, the passage of time, and the re-release of Avatar (?). As much as fans around the world make fun of Avatar's numerous updates, the film's new remastered edition has topped the global weekend box office, 13 years after its initial release. The remastered re-release of the film reportedly grossed more than $30.5 million.

According to sources, the new version of the well-known James Cameroon film has earned $20.5 million internationally and $10 million domestically, effectively cementing its position as the highest-grossing film of all time.

The film is the highest-grossing film of all time, earning $2,877,897,339 at the box office, surpassing Avengers: Endgame, which earned $2,797,501,328. It is also the third highest-grossing film in the United States this week, trailing only Don't Worry Darling and The Woman King.

Though many are intrigued by the new version, some fans have criticized the plotline as being rather weak. Following the re-release of the film, social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter became hotbeds of discussion.

Avatar re-release fan reaction: A mixed bag of opinions

Fan reactions to Avatar's re-release (Image via Facebook)
Fan reactions to Avatar's re-release (Image via Facebook)

Avatar may or may not be as brilliant as some say, but it is one of the most influential films of all time. There's also no denying how impressive the visual effects were in the immersive film. It's a movie made for the big screen, and the new release has helped to justify the cause by significantly improving the visuals.

The film's re-release sparked heated debate, with many fans criticising the plot and others praising the new release's visually immersive elements.

While many people were turned off by the film's wild attempts to maintain its box office dominance, the majority of people were blown away by the new visual effects. Case in point, the compliments on every social media platform.

Furthermore, the marketing team promoted the re-release very well, which increased the appeal of the already popular film.

Despite the divided opinions, the film holds its place as a modern-day classic.

What is Avatar about?

Avatar is a 2019 science fiction film by James Cameroon. The film stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez and Sigourney Weaver. The film is set in the future, where humans are colonizing Pandora - a lush habitable moon of a gas giant in the Alpha Centauri star system.

The synopsis for the film reads:

"Jake, who is paraplegic, replaces his twin on the Na'vi inhabited Pandora for a corporate mission. After the natives accept him as one of their own, he must decide where his loyalties lie."

Following the enormous success of the first film, James Cameroon signed a deal with 20th Century Fox to produce four sequels, the last of which is set for release in 2028.

The second film in the series is scheduled to be released on December 16, 2022, and the third film has also completed filming and is currently in post-production.

Stay tuned for more updates.

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Edited by Vinay Agrawal