Monday Movie Report: ‘Avatar 2’ Delayed… Again

Director James Cameron made another delay to “Avatar 2” on Monday, pushing the sequel back again.

According to Variety, the follow-up to the highest grossing movie ever at the worldwide level won’t be opening in December 2018. Variety reports that the picture has already been delayed multiple times. For example, the sequel was originally supposed to get a release in December 2014.

In total, Cameron has said the “Avatar” franchise is supposed to have five films and the next four are all being developed. Stars of the first film Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana are reportedly still attached to the sequels.

The first “Avatar,” released in 2009, earned a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Drama and three Oscars. The worldwide total gross for “Avatar” was $2.8 billion.

More recently at the box office, it was the return of King Kong taking the big number. This past weekend, the creature feature “Kong: Skull Island” earned $61 million, finishing far ahead of the second place taker “Logan.”

The full top five was:
1. Kong: Skull Island – $61,015,000
2. Logan – $37,850,000
3. Get Out – $21,072,600
4. The Shack – $10,050,000
5. The LEGO Batman Movie – $7,820,000

It’s more than likely that the No. 1 spot will change again this coming weekend, when the live action “Beauty and the Beast” hits theaters.

On home video, meanwhile, a couple films with Academy Award wins and nominations come to the small screen:

  • Fences, ATMR Rating: 4.2 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 93%, ATMR 2016 Honorable Mention
  • Elle, ATMR Rating: 4.7 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 90%, ATMR Top 10 of 2016
  • Passengers, ATMR Rating: 1 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 31%
  • Collateral Beauty, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 12%