Avatar sequels get $1 billion budget

Still from Avatar (2009)With the sequel to Avatar starting production this week, Deadline reports that the combined budget for all four sequels in the series is an estimated $1 billion.

If you split that amount between each of the four sequels evenly, each installment gets a hefty $250 million budget, and you can probably guess where most of that money is going to go.

There’s no question that the revolutionary visuals that made the first film so ground-breaking will be continued to be improved upon by director James Cameron in the sequels, and most likely, that will cost major dollars, especially if James makes good on his vision to make Avatar 2 the first 3D film that won’t require the use of 3D glasses.

While $1 billion overall is a lot of coin, it’s not as unbelievable as you might think. According to Variety, the first Avatar cost at least $237 million. Sure, that’s quite a bit, but the film recouped that cost and then some, grossing a whopping $2.8 billion worldwide.

Also, many big releases get the big budget to match — films such as Star Wars: The Force AwakensBatman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and The Hobbit trilogy each received similar amounts. James Cameron is a recognized heavy-hitter in the filmmaking biz, so the studio no doubt has faith that the acclaimed director will hit it big once again with Avatar 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Are you wondering when you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of where all that movie money went? Take a look at the release schedule for the Avatar sequels below! ~Alexa Caruso

  • * Avatar 2 release date: December 18, 2020
  • * Avatar 3 release date: December 17, 2021
  • * Avatar 4 release date: December 20, 2024
  • * Avatar 5 release date: December 19, 2025

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  1. Penguin • September 26, 2017 @ 2:18 PM

    I can’t wait for the new Avatar movies. Must’ve watched the first one 15 times at least – and I usually just watch a show once, maybe twice. And the very idea of a show being in 3D and not having to use 3D glasses is such a ground breaker! I’m thrilled by this news. Glad to hear he’s finally starting filming.

  2. CDubya • September 26, 2017 @ 2:56 PM

    I’m sure after he’s made the breakthrough in the 3D viewing without glasses, then what’s left? And after so many movies, won’t people tire? Computer graphics and theatre projections will be at another pinnacle (and really it takes time to get 4000-5000 theatres updated to the newest tech), how many changes are needed to justify $1B budget? I’m thinking after the 2nd movie or 3rd, interest and tech will slow down and really that $1B and % of the profits and merchandise went into James Cameron’s pockets. That’s the real story. That’s where we can guess the money is going to.

  3. Jane Mclay • September 26, 2017 @ 4:28 PM

    Crapi will be 85 when the last one comes out.
    Not fair.

  4. Jane Mclay • September 26, 2017 @ 4:31 PM

    I will never get to see the ending.
    Most likely to be dead, I’m 77 now and we are looking at another eight years for the last.
    My favourite movie ever. Not FAIR NOT FAIR.

  5. Lee Mac • September 27, 2017 @ 1:24 PM

    It’s just a Cartoon loaded with CGI stuff
    I could make better with my I Phone and 40 bucks worth of
    glitter !

  6. Jesse James • September 28, 2017 @ 1:21 AM

    You know, I wish some of the people (**cough** ‘CDubya’) who choose to share & write comments in these forums would learn how to form proper sentences & not type like English is a second language (pet peeve of mine) but more importantly, I really wish that now that Mr. Cameron has the attention of the world & the funding to boot: instead of making films about mythical / imaginary blue people flying or riding on 6 legged lizard horses etc etc., he would instead talk to some of the people who have gone through & experienced the Very Real SECRET SPACE PROGRAM (‘The SSP’ that has been going on in North America now for over 5 decades – all throughout our Solar System….yes people, that’s right: people have been covertly travelling to other planets all throughout our solar system for decades now without public knowledge or scrutiny) and make a Movie about the REAL Alien race(s) that are & have been interacting with our species in a covert manner, right under the nose of the greater population of humanity: and ultimately delve into what that means……and really write a script / make a film about what is actually going on behind the scenes with our respective Governments and the many, MANY Alien Races of our Milky Way Galaxy.
    THAT would make for an excellent Film in my opinion, for more reasons than I think can be mentioned & elaborated on in one comment / ” section.
    (I mean it’s skirted around in Star Trek, but they never get into the ‘meat & potatoes’ of it contemporary wise in terms of what is going on today……why is that I wonder?)

    Something to THINK about;O)

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