Sunday, April 21, 2024

Box Office: “Avatar 2” Opens to Disappointing $17 Mil Previews, Weather or Not


“Avatar 2” finally opened around the country last night in previews.

The box office take was $17, which was a little disappointing for a movie that cost $250 million and was 12 years in the making. That makes it number 36 on the all time preview nights.

But the weather was vicious around the country, and “Avatar: The Way of War” can only be seen in theaters, and mostly through 3D glasses.

The movie has scored only a 79% on Rotten Tomatoes but that won’t stop the audience from coming out this weekend. Disney-Fox is lowballing estimates, hoping to announce on Monday the movie “overperformed.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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