Avatar: The Way of Water, from Walt Disney Co., encountered technical issues during its pivotal opening weekend in Japan, crashing screening equipment in select cinemas across the country.
Details about in Japan, the “Avatar” sequel has caused certain theatre equipment to breakdown
Visitors who attended the James Cameron sequel posted complaints about sudden cancellations and staff members apologized for machine issues while offering refunds on social media. In order to play the movie, at least one venue cut the frame rate in half.
Many of the most cutting-edge visual techniques are used in the second Avatar movie, one of the most expensive projects in Hollywood history. This includes a high frame-rate 3D format that demands a lot of data to be processed quickly. It seems to have succumbed to Japan’s film industry’s tardiness in upgrading to the most modern technology.
Lawson Inc. subsidiary United Cinemas Co. and Toho Co. both declined to comment on the matter. Fans who had been turned away from their scheduled Avatar screenings mentioned some of their screens. Both Disney, which distributes the film, and Tokyu Corp., another theatre chain operator in the nation, did not return calls for comment.
Although the precise source of the technical problems is yet unknown, one theatre in Nagoya found a way around them by switching from the required 48 frames per second to the conventional 24fps.
These difficulties come at the worst possible time for the Cameron film, which now confronts a disturbed holiday season in a nation of ardent moviegoers after underperforming certain estimates with its opening weekend box office total. That might put additional pressure on Disney’s stock price, which has dropped 45% this year.
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