James Camerons Avatar: the way of the water is still going strong at the worldwide box office even after several weeks of release and is approaching the $2 billion mark. The film, which came out on December 16, had crossed $1 billion within 12 days of release. Now the director is clarifying his opinion on whether Avatar was made for viewing on the phone. (Read also: James Cameron slams streaming releases amid Avatar’s record success: ‘Enough streaming already!’)
In an interview with NPR, James Cameron revealed if he thinks watching Avatar at home or on a cellphone is a bad idea. He said the two experiences are still different, adding: “If you’re watching Way of Water at home on a decent-sized flat-screen TV with a decent sound system and you’re sitting close enough and on the other side of the room, you have you have a good experience I think when you start watching something on a phone you kind of miss the point Going to a movie theater is less about the size of the screen and the perfection of the sound system And it’s more about a decision not to multitask.”
The Academy Award winner emphasized this difference and further explained his point. “I think that’s the critical part that people are missing. You make a deal between yourself and a piece of art to give it your full attention. And you don’t do that when you’re at home. People don’t cry as much when they watch a movie at home watching, like they do in a movie theater. You don’t have the depth of emotion,” he concluded.
Previously, James Cameron had criticized the streaming releases of movies saying that audiences are hungry for the theatrical experience of the movies and his movie’s box office numbers prove the point. Avatar: The Way of Water by James Cameron was released 13 years after the original 2009 film. The sequel follows Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) as they try to protect their children from the return of the Skypeople and Colonel Quaritch (Steven Lang) bent on revenge. The film also introduces a new water tribe of the Na’vi called the Metkayina.
Avatar: The Way of Water, which was released worldwide on Dec. 16, also stars Sigourney Weaver, Kate Winslet, Cliff Curtis, Edie Falco, and Jemaine Clement. In India, the film has been released in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam. Plans are already underway for the next two installments in the Avatar franchise to continue the saga of the Na’vi tribes of Pandora. The science fiction film has been named one of the ten best films of 2022 by the National Board of Review and the American Film Institute.
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