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Avatar 2 And Aquaman 2 Share A Release Date. Of Course, Twitter Has Thoughts About Which Movie They’re More Excited About

Zoe Saldana in Avatar.
(Image credit: 20th Century Fox)

In modern Hollywood it has become exceedingly rare for more than one major studio release to open in theaters on any given Friday. Every studio wants their biggest movies to have the best chance of box office success, and that means opening them with as little competition as possible. Studios plan and announce releases years in advance in order to stakeout dates and most other studios will try to keep their distance, as opening their own movie on a date already spoken for means sharing their box office as well. 

And yet, at the end of this year we are scheduled to see two major tentpoles go toe-to-toe, as both Avatar 2 and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom are set to open on December 16. The decision to do that could be bad news for both movies when it comes to box office, but things are looking more dire for Aquaman, as most fans seem to be much more interested in Avatar 2.

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If fans have to choose between seeing the new Avatar or the new Aquaman, most people seem to be much more interested in James Cameron’s long delayed sequel than the new adventure starring Jason Momoa. Both movies were pretty big hits in their original release, though certainly Avatar was bigger. In fact, it’s the highest grossing movie of all-time right now.

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If nothing else, the support that Avatar 2 is getting here seems to put to bed an idea that has been going around for years that movie fans just don’t care about the Avatar franchise. While the first movie is literally the most successful ever, in the decade that’s passed there has been a feeling from some that maybe the movie didn’t stick with people in the same way other big movies have. 

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That of course doesn’t mean that Avatar 2 will necessarily come anywhere close to the box office of the first movie, but there is clearly an audience here that will likely go a long way to making Avatar 2 successful in its own right.  

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It will be interesting to see if both these movies remain on December 16 or if one of them moves. Whichever movie ends up winning if they compete directly, it’s hard to believe they won’t both do better if they open on separate dates. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom has had this date set for years while Avatar 2 moved to the date following one of its many release delays. 

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Who knows? We could see Avatar 2 get delayed yet again for production reasons, putting an end to the competition, or perhaps Aquaman 2 will decide it needs to give James Cameron’s franchise more space in order to be successful. 

Dirk Libbey
Dirk Libbey

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian. Armchair Imagineer. Epcot Stan. Future Club 33 Member.