Image: 20th Century Studios

The original Avatar may have released over a decade ago, but interest in James Cameron’s sci-fi franchise still appears to be extremely high. Twentieth Century Studios released the first trailer for Avatar: The Way of Water earlier this week, and the teaser managed to garner over 148 million views (with 23 million of those being from China alone), according to Disney and 20th Century. As noted by The Hollywood Reporter’s coverage, these numbers are more impressive than what all of the recent Star Wars films were able to rack up with their own respective trailers, an indication that Avatar is now a more popular franchise and that its sequel might have a chance of besting the original in the box office. Avatar has made over $2.84 billion worldwide since its release in 2009.

The teaser finished its first 24-hour online window with 148.6 million views, including 23 million from China alone, according to Disney and 20th Century.

That’s ahead of all recent Star Wars films, including Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Like Avatar 2, the teaser trailer for that film also played exclusively in theaters first.

Avatar 2’s views on YouTube and across social media don’t include the millions of people watching the teaser on the big screen before Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which opened to an enormous $187 million domestically and nearly $450 million overseas.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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5 comments

  1. I admit to being curious but I haven't even watched this trailer yet. I liked the eye candy of the first but I caught on that it was Dances with Wolves in space during my first view of it. The uber extended version has some nice added scenes but the story is still meh at best. I am a little surprised there's still as much interest in it as there seems to be. I honestly thought it would flop.
  2. I haven't watched the trailer, and I haven't watched the original avatar movie either. Weird uncanny cgi catcreatures and a plagiarized story are of no interest to me.
  3. I have little to no interest in seeing this movie. First one was over hyped.
    I watched the first one, i remember being mesmerized by the visuals and 3d stuff I forgot what it was about. Watched most of it a while ago, man, what a piece crap in every other way. Im sure this one will be even worse and surely more woke.

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