Fox will release Avatar: Special Edition in theatres on August 27 in a limited engagement in 3D and IMAX 3D.

The release of the new version of James Cameron’s record breaking hit – the highest grossing film of all time on $2.737bn worldwide – features a extra eight minutes and is being staged to take advantage of the growth in digital 3D screens since the film version went on release last December.

Avatar: Special Edition is especially gratifying, because not only has Avatar become one of the most beloved films in history, but after its initial theatrical release, we have been inundated with requests to re-release the film in theatres in 3D,” Fox Filmed Entertainment chairmen and CEOs Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman said.

“Equally important, we’re thrilled that Jim Cameron is able to give audiences even more of what they loved about Avatar.”