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The Way of Water Domestic Box Office Passes $538 Million

This puts the film beyond the Dark Knight’s domestic reach.


With another strong weekend-to-weekend wait, Avatar: The Way of Water continues to draw audiences over the holiday period and is looking to clinch its fifth weekend at the top of the domestic box office. After a $7 million Thursday Friday, the epic sci-fi sequel’s domestic total is now $538 million. It’s still walking ahead of the first avatarwhich made around $500 million at the same point, but hasn’t held up as well.


The film will pass the $550 mark at the domestic box office through Sunday and is expected to hit $566 million by the end of MLK’s four-day long weekend. the water way is currently projected to add around $29 million over the regular three-day weekend and $36 million over the four-day holiday period, down just 36% from last weekend. Globally, the film’s tally is over $1.7 billion, making it the highest-grossing film of 2022.

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while still trailing Top Gun: Maverick domestically – the long-awaited sequel grossed $718 million – will surpass the lifetime record of The Lion King remake ($543 million) by Sunday, placing it at No. 13 on the all-time list. The film has just overtaken The dark Knight ($535 million) to claim 14th place on the all-time domestic box office list.

Jamie Flatters as Neteyam shooting an arrow in Avatar: The Way of Water
Image via 20th Century Studios

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Holding up exceptionally strong for a horror film, Universal’s M3GAN will claim the second spot because of stellar reviews and strong word of mouth. The spooky sci-fi flick is looking at a three-day finale of around $17.5 million after a second Friday of $4.8 million, seeing a solid 42% drop from weekend to end. of week. Over the four-day extended frame, the film is projected to earn over $20 million, bringing its domestic total to under $60 million. That’s a solid result for a film that reportedly cost just $12 million to produce, plus a penalty at the limit of Jason BlumBlumhouse Pictures.

The older crowd is putting their weight on Sony A Man Called Ottoan adaptation of the best-selling Swedish novel starring Tom Hanks in the lead role. Hanks recently co-starred in another longtime hit, the musical drama elvis. With $4 million on its first Friday in wide release, the film is expected to hit $14 million over the long weekend, bringing its domestic total to over $20 million. Notably, A Man Called Otto will have surpassed the director Damien Chazelleit’s full of stars Babylon until Monday.

Universal will also claim fourth place, with Puss in Boots: The Last Wish. Released over a decade after the original Puss in Boots, which itself was a spinoff of the hit Shrek franchise, the sequel grossed $3 million on its fourth Friday and expects a final four-day $16 million. But most notably, the movie will cross the $100 million mark domestically sometime in the coming days. The first five were completed by the last Gerard’s butler action vehicle, Plane – a film whose meme ability can only be challenged by M3GAN. With $3.5 million on Friday, the film is expecting a four-day finale of between $10.5 million and $11.7 million. With a reported production cost of around $20 million, Plane looks like another nifty win for Butler.

the water way won’t come close to matching its predecessor, which remains the highest-grossing film of all time globally, but it’s benefiting from a lack of competition and genuine audience interest, meaning it will continue to perform for at least a few years. more weeks. You can watch our interview with Hanks here and stay tuned to Collider for more updates.

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