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‘Avatar’ Sequel Crashes Movie Theater Equipment in Japan

  • Tech woes could weigh on big-budget movie’s holiday sales
  • Some Japanese theaters seemed ill-prepared for high-tech film
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Going Viral: Avatar Sequel

Walt Disney Co.’s Avatar: The Way of Water crashed screening equipment in some theaters across Japan, running into technical difficulties during its critical opening weekend in the country.

Audiences who went to see the James Cameron sequel took to social media to report abrupt cancellations and staff apologizing about machine troubles while issuing refunds. At least one theater lowered the frame rate of the film in half in order to be able to screen it.