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The Avatar Re-release Numbers from China

The Avatar Re-release Numbers from China

As we all know Avatar reclaimed it’s thrown from Avengers Endgame in the first weekend back in theaters in China. However how has the movie been doing since then?

Mar 12-14 Rank 1 $21,221,037 Thtrs 89,569 $21,100,000 Week 1
Mar 19-21 Rank 1 $14,146,720 -33.3% Thtrs 72,493 -19.0% $44,056,269 Week 2
Mar 26-28 Rank 3 $3,461,497 -75.5% Thtrs 31,177 -56.9% $51,709,309 Week 3
Apr 2-4 Rank 6 $1,519,415 -56.1% Thtrs 13,194 -58.4% $54,634,048 Week 4
Apr 9-11 Rank 5 $900,000 -40.7% Thtrs 7,159 -45.7% $21,100,000 Week 5

 

As you can see it opened in a massive amount of theaters 4 weeks ago, 89,569 to be exact, and as of this last weekend was only being shown in 7,159. So a part of the quick cool off can be attributed to the number of theaters being very limited after 2 weekends. However it still managed to pull in another estimated $900,000 this past weekend and now sits at roughly 2.845 billion dollars, ahead of Endgames 2.797 billion. If it does get another world wide re-release before the sequels I think we could see Avatar be the first movie to reach 3 billion dollars, while that would be cool we will just have to wait and see, Covid has affected movie going tremendously and there is a lot that would have to go right to hit that number.

 

Some facts about the Avatar rerelease in China

Some facts about the Avatar rerelease in China

The Hollywood Reporter (THR) released an article today I found very interesting. First of all I’ve been seeing lots of comments about how Avatar was only released again in China to recapture the box office throne, that is false. THR had this to say about the re-release:

James Cameron only found out a few days beforehand that Avatar would be rereleased March 12 in China in a move that pushed his 2009 science-fiction epic back into the highest-grossing-film-of-all-time slot, not adjusted for inflation.

The China Film Board first reached out to Cameron and Disney in March 2020 about the possibility of rereleasing some older films as a way of encouraging theatergoing in a period when new product from both Hollywood and Chinese studios has been scant. Cameron offered Avatar and Titanic, both of which had been produced by Fox and are now owned by Disney.

While I had previously read about the plan to release Avatar last year, it’s very interesting there was almost no advance notice of the film be re-released by even James Cameron himself. It also speaks volumes how Avatar, a film that is over 11 years old, can go to the front of the worlds largest movie market with no promotion and be the countries #1 film it’s first weekend.

“Sure, it’s nice to reclaim the No. 1 spot, but what the rerelease signifies is that a 12-year-old title with no advance notice could open at No. 1 in the marketplace.”

-Jon Landau

Jon said it best, this bodes very well for the future of the Avatar sequels, and says a lot about the power on the first movie over a decade after it’s release. The movie is amazing in 3D and I’m glad the people of China are getting a chance to see it in all it’s glory once again.

The official numbers in so far is Avatar made 23.9 million from Fri-Mon, with no new numbers being available past Monday. 6.2 million were from IMAX theaters, and all showings were in 3D. I am very excited to see what Avatar can do this coming weekend, and happy to share some information to clear up some misconceptions about it’s return to Chinese theaters.

To read the full article from THR-https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/how-avatar-reclaimed-its-global-box-office-crown

 

Avatar is the highest grossing film of all time, Again

Avatar is the highest grossing film of all time, Again

As expected with the Friday China re-release, Avatar has retaken its crown of highest grossing movie of all time. Currently the unofficial box office numbers have Avatar with $2,798,579,794 and Endgame with $2,797,501,328. Avatar is currently projected to make $58 million off this reissue alone and is expected to release to 20,000 3D screens, of which 700 are IMAX. When Avatar first launched in China in 2009 there were only 14 IMAX screens in the entire country.

“I’m honored that ‘Avatar’ is a part of that reemergence of the cinema experience in China. We got to get the rest of the world caught up as well.”

-James Cameron

Avatar back in Chinese theaters this Friday

Avatar back in Chinese theaters this Friday

 

James Cameron may soon get his “Box Office King” moniker back. With Avatar securely in second place on the all time box office list, and just less than 7.4 million dollars behind Avengers: Endgame, it is set to head back to the theaters in China this Friday. We heard similar rumors a year ago when China’s Film Bureau approved the film to be re-released during the pandemic. However that release never happened, but seems as if it’s set to this week. China is attempting to jump start a slow restart to movie theater re-openings and Avatar should be a good way to help get it off the ground. I for one would be happy to see Avatar reclaim it’s throne. The year Avatar released China had only 4,700 movie screens in the country, it now has 75,000. Avatar was wildly successful in China with a fraction of the screens they now enjoy. Depending on a major few things, Chinese New Year, pandemic, and how widely available the re-release is we could see some very modest numbers or some really big numbers.

1 Avengers: Endgame $2,797,800,564 2019
2 Avatar $2,790,439,092 2009
3 Titanic $2,471,754,307 1997
4 Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens $2,068,454,310 2015
5 Avengers: Infinity War $2,048,359,754 2018

 

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/03/09/avatar-rerelease-in-china-close-to-avengers-endgame-record.html

https://www.boxofficemojo.com/chart/top_lifetime_gross/?area=XWW

https://www.statista.com/statistics/279111/number-of-cinema-screens-in-china/

A new Grace Augustine photo and Happy International Women’s Day

A new Grace Augustine photo and Happy International Women’s Day

Avatar social media has shared several photos of the many women who’ve helped make Avatar a success in honor of International Women’s day. So first let me say thank you to all the amazing women out there, I hope you all have someone to appreciate you on this day of honor and recognition.

One of the photos posted today by Avatar was of Dr. Augustine. I did a little digging and we have seen her with what appears to be the same blue and white shirts while in The Shack. That leads me to believe this is a flashback scene, however how is she able to breath without a mask, is this a controlled environment she had on Pandora or are there areas the humans can breath without a mask, what kind of plant is this, it looks really interesting with that bright green light, is this going to be a flashback or will Grace be alive again some how?  The Avatar social media accounts haven’t made any mention of the new photo specifically so there doesn’t seem to be any new information on it just yet. I am heavily leaning towards flashback though.

Here we can see Grace in The Shack from a screenshot in Avatar 1. She appears to be wearing what seems to be the very same shirts just without the tan vest.

For good measure this was posted on 4/29/20 by Jon Landau. This one also looks like a flash back, again in The Shack. We saw Grace and Norm both wearing these clothes in Avatar 1. For reference Grace had this outfit on when she was shot by Quaritch, and Norm can be seen with his tank on during the final battle scenes.

 

 

Behind the scenes and set photos from the last few months

Behind the scenes and set photos from the last few months

Since I last covered the behind the scenes and set photos that have been posted by Avatar, Jon Landau, and James Cameron, and as I always say, three accounts you should be following, there has been several exciting ones posted, so lets dive in!

This is Britain Dalton (Lo’ak) doing underwater motion capture, it looks like he is possibly riding something under the water, maybe an Ilu from Pandora’s oceans, which we will be seeing in the sequels. We have seen very little of Lo’ak so far and know almost nothing about his character at this point, besides the fact he is Jake and Neytiri’s second oldest child. He has an older brother, Neteyam, and a younger sister Tuktirey.

This is Kate Winslet, who is going to be playing Ronal. Little is known about her character so far, what we do know is that in 2017 James Cameron had this to say about Kate, “She plays a character who’s part of the Sea People, the reef people.” Kate was recently on Stephen Colbert and had this to say about her character when the photo was taken, “That’s actually a birth giving ceremony, that my character, who is a water goddess, is essentially hosting. ” She also confirmed to Colbert that she is in Avatar 2 and 3.

How interesting, one can only speculate with what we know about Ronal, but it sounds like she may be part of the new Metkayina Clan, described as a reef people Na’vi clan, who dwell on giant oceanic atoll reefs under the rule of a leader named Tonowari. Perhaps she is their Tsahìk or something entirely different than a Na’vi. I know this, she is a very talented actress and I am excited to learn more about her character.

 

Next we have two images of the character Javier “Spider” Socorro, played by Jack Champion. What we know about Spider so far is that he is a teenage human born at the Hell’s Gate military facility. The second photo really intrigues me, no new information is shared with it apart from it being a thank you from Jon Landau to Jack, as Spiders filming was complete. The first one is Jack rehearsing for a scene.

Judging by the second photo alone he looks to be very Tarzan like. Wild, matted hair, little clothing, even his movements look like they could be similar to that of a primate. I am very intrigued by this character, how he fits in, why he appears to possibly be off living away from humans. Does he survive on Pandora without a mask? Is he an ally to the Na’vi?

Another great photo from the sequel rehearsals as James Cameron shows part of the cast some concept art. Sadly a lot of it hanging on the wall is edited out. From Left to Right, CCH Pounder (Mo’at), Sam Worthington (Jake Sully), Cliff Curtis (Tonowari), Sigourney Weaver (Grace Augustine/unknown), Zoe Saldana (Neytiri), Oona Chaplin (Varang), Stephen Lang (Col Quaritch/unknown), Joel David Moore (Norm Spellman), and James Cameron.

It’s really great seeing a couple new faces mixed in with the old ones. I would love to know who Sigourney and Stephen are going to play. I believe Stephen will be back as Colonel Quaritch in some manner, perhaps as a clone. He was a fantastic villain and I look forward to seeing how they bring him back. Will we see Grace in some flashbacks as well as her new character? I believe we already have seen proof of that. Jon shared a photo you can read about HERE that mentions them being back in The Shack for the sequels and showing himself with Grace and Norm. It will be interesting to see. My gut still tells me she will be the “voice of eywa” or something similar, however I’ve noticed something in the next photo that makes me question my gut…

Here we see Sigourney doing underwater motion capture. Something I noticed though is it looks like the blue “rope” coming from her head is representing a Na’vi queue. Sigourney is on record of saying she doesn’t play the same character, which can mean a lot of things, especially in science fiction, but I feel like she very well may be a Na’vi or Avatar again, as well as being Grace in flashbacks.

James Cameron captioned this photo as- “The last set for 2020 filming —The Matador (a 50’ forward command boat) on a 16-ton, 360 degree motion-control base.” If you remember back in May of this year we saw another photo of The Matador, HERE, it was from up above and more clear. An interesting note, this ship also says “CET-OPS” on it, we’ve now seen that on multiple vessels from the sequels as it is confirmed to be on the Crabsuit as well. I am curious if that is a just another branch of SEC-OPS from the first movie, possibly they handle the aquatic portions of Pandora. Speaking of SEC-OPS…

Jon Landau had this to say about these two photos- “Garrett Warren, 2nd Unit Director, gives stuntman Steve Brown some notes before a take.” This is interesting, this is the second time we see Steven Brown, the previous time was the photo with General Ardmore (Edie Falco) and Dorman (Kevin Dorman), on the factory ship Sea Dragon. He is directly behind General Ardmore, you can see that HERE. In this photo Steve’s uniform gives off a very naval vibe, with blue and safety orange.

James Cameron captioned this as, “Three Technocranes and a Russian Arm mounted on top of a Mercedes-Benz. Just another day on the set of the Avatar sequels.” Wow, I would love to know what they are filming with the Mercedes. I’ve seen lots of behind the scenes using vehicles like this and it’s normally car chase sequences, so it is interesting to think how it may be used in the sequels. If you look at the photo right before this it would appear that the Russian arm and camera from the Mercedes is being used to film that shot. So possibly they are using it to get close to film particular shots of the large boat sets.

Jon Landau captioned this as, “Celebrating the wrap of live action photography—with Jemaine Clement, Brendan Cowell and James Cameron. Congrats to the entire crew in both New Zealand and Los Angeles. Incredible work!” It sounds like Avatar 2 is headed to post production with almost two years to get things finished to the level James Cameron envisions.

Rest in Peace Alec Frazier 1986-2021

Rest in Peace Alec Frazier 1986-2021

It is with a heavy heart that I share this news. A long time Avatar fan, Alec Frazier, has passed away. We were notified today on the Facebook group- Avatar Meet, by Alec’s father with the above message. I can’t imagine the pain his family and friends are going through right now. I’m sharing this in a public setting because that Facebook group is private and I think all Avatar fans should be able to read his fathers words for themselves.

This is the one time I met Alec in person, at the 2014 LA Avatar Meet, this picture was taken at Lightstorm Entertainment and Alec can be see at the far right holding his “The Making of Avatar” book. He was a passionate, outgoing, and friendly person.

 

The Characters of Avatar: The Next Shadow

The Characters of Avatar: The Next Shadow

Issue 2 of the ongoing Avatar comic series, The Next Shadow, released this past week. Since we’ve been introduced to some new characters and have seen some familiar faces, I thought I’d make a guide of all the characters who meet two criteria, they have been mentioned by name, and who have been shown in the comic series.

Jake Sully-He needs little introduction, but this is a Jake in a different role than we saw in the 2009 movie. Jake is now the Omatikaya Clan leader, and is forced to make many tough decisions to appease not only his clan but the humans who are left on Pandora. Jake shows up early and often in issue 1, as the series focuses on him.

Neytiri-Another core character who’s life has been intertwined with Jake Sully since the first day she laid eyes on him, and is currently Jake’s mate and she is also Mo’at’s daughter. Neytiri first shows up in issue 1.

Mo’at-Another character from the first Avatar film, she is the former mate of Eytukan, who was the leader of the Omatikaya until his death. Mo’at is the clans Tsahìk, mother to Neytiri and formerly Sylwanin. She first appears in issue 2.

Ateyo-This is a character we haven’t met until this series. While his name is mentioned by Jake Sully in the first Avatar movie, this is the first time we get to see Ateyo. He is mated to Artsut, and is the father to Arvok and formerly Tsu’tey. He first appears in issue 1.

Artsut-This is the first time we get to see Artsut, however she was mentioned in the comic series Tsu’tey’s Path. Mated to Ateyo, mother of Arvok, and formerly to Tsu’tey. She first appears in issue 1.

Arvok-A charcter who we see for the first time in this series. He was mentioned in Tsu’tey’s Path. He is son to Ateyo and Artsut, and was brother to Tsu’tey. He first appears in issue 1.

Ka’ani-A character we see throughout the Avatar movie and Tsu’tey’s Path. He wasn’t given a name in the movie, however we learned it in Tsu’tey’s path. It also further showed us more of his interactions with Tsu’tey that overlapped with what we saw in the movie. He first appears in issue 1.

Yeyongo-A new character who has an injured child. While she has a minor role so far she is named in the book and so I wanted to cover her. I hope we see more of her in the future. She fist appears in issue 2.

Norm Spellman-One of the key characters from the movie, we get a chance to see Norm once again, but so far only in human form. After what happened to his Avatar it remains to be seen if he will be able to use it again. Norm first appears in issue 1.

Katherine Hale-For some this is the first time you’ve seen Katherine, however those who are lucky enough to be able to play the mobile game Avatar: Pandora Rising, she is a character who first appears there. From what we’ve seen in the comic series she has taken on a leadership role for the leftover RDA affiliated humans who are trying to get a mine going again. Katherine first appears in issue 1.

Earl-Little is known about Earl, to this point in the series he seems to be a throw in character who just happens to be called by name. He is part of Katherine Hale’s crew who is trying to reestablish a mine. His first appearance is in issue 2.

 

McCosker-Another small character at this point in the series. He seems to be very aggressive towards the Na’vi, and makes his first appearance in issue 1.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Metkayina Clan Village Concept Art

Metkayina Clan Village Concept Art

This is Avatar concept art of a Metkayina village, created by Jonathan Bach, that Avatar and Jon Landau recently shared. How beautiful is that picture? From this one image it takes me back to seeing the Omatikaya in Hometree for the first time and instantly makes me want to go live among the Metkayina. It makes me even more excited to learn more about this clan. I thought I’d go over what we know so far about them, although I must say it isn’t a lot at this point.

The Metkayina are lead by clan leader Tonowari, played by Cliff Curtis. They are referred to as the reef people clan and are said to dwell on giant oceanic atoll reefs. Tonowari has a son named Aonung who is played by Filip Geljo, he’s been described as a young male hunter and free diver. Two more members of the Metkayina are Tsireya, played by Bailey Bass, who is described as a graceful strong free diver and the Neytiri of the ocean, and Rotxo, played by Duane Evans Jr, who is a young male hunter and free diver. The last thing we currently know is that the reef clans ride the ilu, which is a large plesiosaur-like sea creature that is described as the direhorse of the Pandoran ocean. You can see a pair of ilu below in some previously shared Dyan Cole concept art.

The Metkayina seem to be a big part of the sequels, especially Avatar 2, I look forward to learning even more about their clan in the lead up to the Avatar 2 release.

Avatar: The Next Shadow Q&A with Josh Izzo, Jeremy Barlow, and Josh Hood

Avatar: The Next Shadow Q&A with Josh Izzo, Jeremy Barlow, and Josh Hood

If you are like me and you are excited about the new Avatar comic releases you wont want to miss this video from Dark Horse Comics. It was streamed live yesterday and archived for all who missed it. The video is hosted by Cara O’Neil, featuring Joshua Izzo (VP of Franchise Development at Lightstorm), Jeremy Barlow (writer), and Josh Hood (artist). Further expanding on what we currently know about the series Avatar: The Next Shadow, we get to know the creative team behind the series, and learn more about the process of bringing the comic to life. Plus we learned the series takes place in a 1-2 week window after the movie ends.

If you need a physical copy, still you can purchase a Josh Hood autographed comic from https://shop.neighborhoodcomics.com/products/avatar-next-shadow I highly recommend Neighborhood comics, they are a great small shop who ships quickly and securely. I received my copies of issue 1 from them yesterday. If you are looking for a digital copy check out Dark Horse Digital Comics where you can instantly download and read the issues on release date. You can use your home pc, laptop, tablet, or phone to read the comics you purchase. I am not able to get my comics locally so I purchase the digital copy on the day it comes out, then wait for my physical copies to arrive. It’s something I did for the Tsu’tey series and enjoy it, that way I’m up to date and don’t get the story spoiled online while waiting for my physical copies.

Click here for the Q&A

 

These two character sheets were shown during the Q&A, they show us two previously unseen Na’vi, Yeyatley and Pentyaru. Nick noticed the top left of the character sheets seem to say High Ground. Pentyarus page says Book 1 and she doesn’t appear in The Next Shadow, so I believe these are indeed characters from the upcoming Avatar: The High Ground series. If you want to read about the newest information on High Ground check out http://avatarsequels.com/avatar-the-high-ground-new-information/