Amid troubled relations between China and the US, Avatar: The Way of Water has been released for release in China. Walt Disney Co’s Avatar 2 will be released in the country on December 16. Before that, a number of blockbuster movies were denied entry. The first part of Avatar scored highly in China and the sequel is expected to be well received by fans of the first film. Previously, James Camero’s Titanic also found a lot of love in China.
According to reports, Disney had screened footage for China Film Group executives earlier this year. Citing ticketing platform Maoyan Entertainment, Business Standard reported: “So far this year, 23 American films have been screened in China, accounting for 10% of total box office sales, the lowest percentage since registration began in 2011.” Chinese release for Marvel movies since 2019.
Shares of China Film Co rose more than 6 percent following the announcement. However, Business Standard went on to report that the business climate is still uncertain. Several blockbuster films went unreleased in China, such as Disney’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings, and Paramount’s Top Gun: Maverick. In addition, things are uncertain due to the frequent Covid-19 lockdowns.
Meanwhile, pre-booking for Avatar: The Way Of Water, aka Avatar 2, has begun in India. The film from 20th Century Studios is set to release on December 16 in India, and the film will be released in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam. James Cameron brings back his fictional underwater world after 13 long years and fans have been eagerly awaiting it.
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