Avatar sequel tops box office in second week in North America

Avatar: The Way Of Water topped the box office in its second weekend, bringing in $56 million (£46.3 million) in North America, which suggests it could continue to grow this year. new and achieve great expectations. responded to its release.

Ames Cameron’s digital luxury film for 20th Century Studios made $253.7m (£210m) domestically in its first 10 days of release, compared with $212.7m (£176m) pounds) around the same time as the first Avatar in 2009, which would go on to become the highest-grossing film of all time.

While Cameron films like the original Avatar and Titanic tend to be huge box office hits, sequels tend to hit big theaters and drop quickly, complicating ending predictions. of the movie.

The drop in the second weekend from the $134 million it earned in the first season isn’t so fast, considering the way the blockbusters open.

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Kate Winslet, as Ronal, left, and Cliff Curtis, as Tonowari, in a scene from Avatar: The Way Of Water (20th Century Studios via AP)

“This is James Cameron’s first $100 million opening,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore.

“For this movie to have such a big opening and drop only 58%, that shows it has staying power.”

Globally, The Way Of Water is already the third highest-grossing film released in 2022, bringing in $855m (£707.8m) – second only to Top Gun: Maverick and Jurassic World Dominion – and is on target to surpass one billion US dollars (£827.8 million).

It’s clear that the movie is looking to the future, with plenty of holiday season coming up and no comparable competition until February, when Marvel’s Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania is released.

However, hurricanes across the United States could keep people at home.

“The biggest enemy facing Avatar right now is the weather,” Dergarabedian said.

Universal’s Shrek animated spin-off, Puss In Boots: The Last Wish, with the voices of Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek, finished second with $11.35 million (£9.4 million). ) in its first week of release.

Sony biopic Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody finished third with $5.3 million (£4.4 million).

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Brad Pitt, left, and Diego Calva in Babylon (Scott Garfield/Paramount Pictures via AP)

The biggest disappointment of the weekend was Babylon, the epic of early Hollywood from La La Land director Damien Chazelle, starring Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie.

In a nationwide release, it brought in just $3.5 million (£2.9 million), placing it fourth.

Amsterdam’s Amsterdam director David O Russell’s dismal, $6.5 million (£5.4 million) opening weekend, another film set in a similar era that combines prestige credibility, scope, star power and a popular actor, made the industry worried that audiences would not flock to cinemas for such films.

The concerns proved to be justified, as Babylon barely made it through more than half of Amsterdam’s opening time.

The coming weeks in cinemas, online screenings, and any nominations the film may receive could help keep Babylon above the bombshell.

“I’d say Babylon is a movie that’s not about the weekend,” Dergarabedian said. “We’ll have to see what it does over the next few weeks and into the new year, especially if it gets more awards.”

– Estimated Friday through Sunday ticket sales in theaters in the United States and Canada, according to Comscore, with Wednesday through Sunday in parentheses. Final domestic figures will be released on Monday.

1. Avatar: The Way Of Water, $56 million.

2. Puss In Boots: The Last Wish, $11.35 million.

3. Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody, $5.3 million.

4. Babylon, $3.5 million.

5. Violent Night, $3.14 million.

6. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, three million dollars.

7. Whale, $924,000.

8. The Menu, $617,000.

9. The Fabelmans, $550,000.

10. Strange World, $410,000.

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