Prepare yourself for a long soak. Avatar is back.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water will run for approximately three hours and ten minutes, marking a 13-year wait for the sequel.
Avatar 2 wants to join the ranks of other long Hollywood tentpoles that have done well in theaters, such as Avengers: Endgame (three hours and two minutes) and Cameron’s Titanic (three hours and 14 minutes).
Both films are ranked No. 2 and No. 3 on comScore’s list of the highest-grossing films of all time at the global box office, not adjusted for inflation.
Cameron’s original avatar, released in December 2009, continues to top the charts even after all these years. That picture was 29 minutes shorter than the sequel, which was two hours and 41 minutes long.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, movies have become longer, with many Hollywood event films running over two hours and 30 minutes, which is considered long by traditional standards.
(The exception was Sony’s box office smash Spider-Man: No Way Home, which clocked in at two hours and 28 minutes.) This pattern will continue for the rest of the year.
Insiders tell THR that Paramount and filmmaker Damien Chazelle’s December tent Babylon will last at least three hours. And Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which opens on November 11, is two hours 41 minutes long. Batman, directed by Matt Reeves and released earlier this year, ran for two hours and 55 minutes.
The running time of a film includes credits, which can take up to ten minutes.
The producers of The Way of Water, 20th Century Fox, and Disney have yet to release an official duration for the sequel, although the length of the film began to shrink after achieving official ratings.
(The film is classified PG-13 in the United States.) When issuing ratings, some cinemas inadvertently included a running period on their websites.
Disney, which acquired 20th Century Fox and therefore acquired the Avatar franchise, declined to comment.
At D23 in early September, director James Cameron streamed from New Zealand to feature a dozen clips from The Way of Water, which he co-produced with his longtime Lightstorm collaborator John Landau.
Individuals at the event were actors Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, and Zoe Saldana. The video shows a lot of Cameroon’s detailed underwater work.
To prepare fans for the follow-up, Disney and 20th Century released a remastered version of the first incarnation shortly after D23. The film’s current worldwide box office earnings exceed $2.92 billion, which is due for a re-release, which grossed an astonishing $76 million or more.
Sully, played by Worthington, and Neytiri, a Na’vi woman, star in Way of Water. Following Your Family begins ten years after the first film and features newcomers to the franchise Vin Diesel and Kate Winslet.
At the time of its global release, Avatar: The Way of Water debuted in North America on December 16.