No wonder, neither James Cameron Avatar: The Way of Water continued its reign at the global box office over the New Year’s holiday.
In fact, the sequel surpassed expectations after taking in $24.4 million on Sunday — the third-best New Year’s Day haul of late. The Force Awakens ($34.3 million) and the original Avatar ($25.2 million), respectively The deadline. That said, Cameron’s epic collected $66.8 million (+6%) over the 3-day weekend and $86.3 million over the 4-day holiday to bring its domestic total to $444.4 million.
Even more impressive, Water Road exceeds 18 days total of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ($440.9 million), a title most of the industry used as a comp for Cameron’s film.
international, Water Road grossed $956.9 million, enough to put the picture at the $1.4 billion mark worldwide, and less than $100 million away from overtaking. Top Gun: Maverick as the top global earner in 2022 — and that was just two weeks ago.
In Imax, Avatar rose 4% and earned $28.6 million to bring its 19-day total to $152.2 million, where it sits behind Avatar, The Force Awakensand Avengers: Endgame in terms of money accrued in large format.
Clearly people are digging Avatar, and it’s just a question of how high this picture will fly before all is said and done. Is $2 billion on the table? Unless there’s a big drop-off in the coming weeks, there’s nothing to worry about Avatar can’t reach that milestone. Remember that there is no competition in the market for the next month and a half.
Meanwhile, Universal’s Puss in Boots: The Last Wish earned $22.5 million over the holiday and pushed its domestic total to $66.9 million. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever rose 38% in the 3-day frame and added another $4.83 million ($6.5 million 4-day) to its $439.6 million domestic haul.
Box Office Results: Domestic Top 10
1) Avatar: The Way of Water (Dec/20th) 4,202 theaters, Fri $24.4M (+ 27%), Sat $18M Sun $21M Mon $18.95M 3-day $63.4M (+2%)/4 days $82.4M/Total: $440.5M/ Week 3
2) Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (Uni) 4,121 (+22) cinemas, Fri $6.5M (+70%) Sat $4.66M Sun $5.1M Mon $5.4M 3-day $16.3M (+31%), 4 days $21.7M/Total $66.1M/Week 2
3) Black Panther: Wakanda Forever(Dec) 2,310 (+60) theaters, Fri $1.82M (+82%) Sat $1.3M Sun $1.7M Mon $1.67M 3 days $4.83M (+38%)/4 days $6.5M/Total $439.6M/Week 8
4) I Want To Dance With Someone (Sony) 3,625 theaters, Fri $1.46M (-27%) Sat $1.22M Sun $1.59M Mon $1.15M 3-day $4.25M (-11%) 4 days $5.4M/Total $16MWeek 2
5) BABYLON (Par) 3,351 (+8) theaters Fri $935K (-36%) Sat $730K Sun $1.06MMon $900K 3-day $2.7M (-24%) 4 days $3.6M/Total $11M/Week 2
6) Cruel Night (Uni) 2.563 (+1) Fri $820K Sat $560K Sun $750K Mon$540K 3
DAY $2.1M (-39%) 4 days $2.67M Total $48M/Week 5
7) The Whale (A24) 623 (+20) cinemas, Fri $491,5K (+ 64%), Sat $372.9K Sun $466,1K Mon $419,5K 3-day $1.33M (+ 28%) 4 days $1.75M Total $6.2M/Week 4
8) Fabelmans(Uni/Amb) 1,149 (+27) cinemas, Fri $320K (+157%) Sat $400KSun $420K Mon $360K 3 days $1.14M (+53%), 4 days $1.5M Total $12.5M/Week 8
9)The Menu (Sea) 860 (+20) cinemas, Fri $386K (+121%) Sat $279K Sun $405K Mon $330K 3-day $1.07M (+58%) 4-Day $1.4M Total $36.4M/Week 7
10.) Strange World (Dec) 1,240 (-150) theaters, Fri $201K (+39%) Sat $157K Sun $180K Mon $209K 3-day $538K (+30%), 4 days $747KTotal $37.2M/Week 6