Movie studios are always trying to avoid the competition at the box office, especially when it comes to the blockbuster franchises, and with Avatar: The Way of Water on its way, who would be crazy enough to release a movie on the same day as the long-awaited sequel of James Cameron’s sci-fi spectacle which is still the highest-grossing movie of all time?
Well, Warner Bros. is, or at least they were. Back when Avatar 2 was still set to be released in 2021, WB has set the release date for Aquaman 2 on December 16, 2022. But, Disney later delayed Avatar’s sequel to the exact same date. Last year, WB made some changes on the release calendar and they pushed Aquaman 2 to March 2023, but they moved Shazam! Fury of the Gods ahead to December 16, 2022.
Considering that Avatar: The Way of Water is a sequel that the entire world of movies was waiting for for the last 13 years, WB didn’t want to risk it and they pushed Shazam back to December 21, 2022. It’s only five days of difference, but those five days could mean a lot.
The original Avatar movie was released in 2009 and it grossed more than $2.7 billion worldwide, which makes it the highest-grossing movie of all time. Avengers Endgame managed to overthrow it from the top spot in July 2019, but Avatar returned to the top spot after another re-release in China in the summer of 2020. Speaking of re-releases, Avatar will be re-released again next September so that people can experience it again on the big screen before the sequel arrives.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods is a sequel to the original DC movie Shazam which was released in March 2019. The first movie grossed $366 million worldwide, which seems low for a superhero movie, but it was enough to greenlight a sequel. The movie received positive reviews so the sequel is widely anticipated, but it’s known that Avatar is too much of a competition to handle.
Avatar: The Way of Water is set to be released on December 16, 2022, and Shazam! Fury of the Gods on December 21, 2021. We’re going to spend a lot of time in a theater the next holiday season.