It seems only fitting that not long after we find out that Frozen made the top five list of highest grossing movies ever, the movie in the number one slot starts trying to protect its title. Before Frozen hit that milestone, Disney announced that we were going to be treated to a Frozen live show via Disney on Ice this summer and everyone lost their minds. Now James Cameron and Cirque du Soleil are working on an Avatar live show, probably on the off-chance that Frozen gets any funny ideas about crawling higher up on the list.
Cameron is partnering with Cirque du Soleil to produce a live arena show inspired by the Avatar film that is expected to debut in late 2015. The live show will be great for fans who are still waiting for the sequel to the movie, which doesn't come out until December 2016 — a date that is still pretty tentative. There's no word yet on anything more about the live show except that it's happening and it will be groundbreaking, but it seems like Frozen might just have opened the floodgates here.
Will we be seeing The Avengers touring in a live show soon? What about Titanic? Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 is a show we're not likely to see, but a Potterhead can still dream between trips to Universal Studios Florida's Diagon Alley. The only thing for certain at this point is that a live arena show is going to bring even more money to a franchise that doesn't really need it.
Sure, the ticket sales from the show won't count toward the actual movie's money, at least not as far as the list is concerned, but there's a good chance that Avatar might outsell Frozen on the live show front as well as on the big screen. Maybe that's James Cameron's whole plan, to prove to Disney who the superior storyteller is. Or maybe he's just trying to give us all something else to talk about besides Elsa and Anna and building snowmen.
Nice try, James Cameron, but even if the Avatar arena show is wildly successful, it's unlikely people will stop talking about Frozen.