The first teaser trailer for Avatar: The Way of Water by James Cameron has been released, and it is doing numbers. Fans of the first movie were on social media expressing their amazement and excitement for the new film when the trailer debuted online early Monday morning after only being played exclusively in cinemas over the weekend ahead of the Doctor Strange 2 movie.
After 24 hours, the teaser gained over 148.6 million views and 23 million from China alone, according to 20th Century and Disney. It has surpassed all recent Star Wars films, including Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which was only exclusively played in the theaters at first, like Avatar 2.
Although having a giant influx of views on YouTube alone, the 148.6 million views don’t include the millions of views that it received after being played on the big screen before Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which, according to The Hollywood Reporter, opened to an enormous $187 million domestically and nearly $450 million overseas.
The teaser trailer has conjured up very excited comments from fans of the original. However, reviewers of the trailer don’t seem to be too happy about what the trailer entails thus far. According to the Independent, the review by Louis Chilton states, “…it feels rather too much like a tech demo or the trailer for a long-gestating video-game sequel. We are left admiring the strides that have been made in CGI animation in the past 12 years – won’t you look at the sheen on that water? – but emerge with the little sense of plot or a substantive ‘hook’”
Despite getting mixed reviews from fans and movie reviewers, the film is set to have one of the most show-stopping casts. It will feature returning stars such as Sam Worthington playing Jake Sully, Zoe Saldaña playing Na’vi Neytiri, Sigourney Weaver playing Dr. Grace Augustine, and Stephen Lang playing Colonel Miles Quaritch. It will also star newcomers like Vin Diesel and Kate Winslet.
Avatar is still the top-grossing movie of all time at the worldwide box office with $2.84 billion. The original Avatar will be re-released in cinemas on September 23 with restored sound and pictures.
To find out more about Avatar: The Way of Water, watch the official teaser trailer here.