Avatar: the way of the water already making box office waves (ha). The highly anticipated sequel to James Cameron’s 2009 sci-fi blockbuster, The way of the water plays in everything from 3D IMAX to mainstream 2D and has become a theatrical attraction, earning nearly $500 million worldwide at the time of writing. But if you’re waiting to watch this incredibly long movie from the comfort of your couch (where you can hit pause when you need to go to the bathroom), how long will you have to wait?
Disney has not yet announced when Avatar: the way of the water will be available to stream. Since then for Marvel Cinematic Universe movies Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, the company has adopted a minimum 45-day window between the theatrical debut and the streaming release. In the event that Avatar: the way of the water following that pipeline, the earliest it can arrive on the platform is January 30. However, depending on how successful the movie is, Disney tends to expand that pipeline – Thor: Love and Thunder hit streaming for example 62 days after premiere, and we still don’t have a streaming date for it Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Not all Disney-produced movies are bound by that 45-day rule (see Strange world, which hits Disney Plus on Dec. 23), but that fate is usually reserved for movies that don’t do well at the box office. Based on Avatar: The Way of Water’While it’s a resounding success, that doesn’t seem to be the result of the film. In fact, Disney will probably want to keep the film in theaters for as long as possible. After all, the original movie stayed in theaters for 234 days. Although it is unlikely that Disney will wait Which long to release the sequel on Disney Plus, The way of the water may not be streaming until well into 2023.
It’s also possible that the movie will become available to rent or download, with a streaming option not available until later. That was the case with Top gun: Maverick, which will not reach Paramount Plus until seven months after its debut (December 22), despite being available for rent in August. If that is the case, Avatar: the way of the water could be available to rent or buy around March 2023 (that’s the 90-day window), but not on Disney Plus until later in the year.
There is also another hiccups: Disney is committed to a lingering contract between 20th Century Studios and HBO. The contract expires in 2022, but it is unclear if Avatar: the way of the water falls below. If so, the movie may have a short stint on HBO Max before heading to Disney Plus. Disney has not commented on the matter.
In the meantime, there are plenty of options for watching the movie in theaters, including the 4DX release. Check out our review and then look out over the space whales.