‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ Looking to Top $400 Million North American Box Office Through New Year’s Day Weekend

The current box office champ, 20th Century Studios’ Avatar: The Way of Water, is projected to break $400 million via the addition of a reported $73.9 million in revenue across North American theaters through the four-day New Year’s Day weekend that ends Jan. 2, 2023.

The sequel to director James Cameron’s 2009 all-time box office revenue winner, Avatar, which generated more than $2.9 billion in ticket sales, is entering its third weekend. The film has shown strong legs after an above-average opening, topping $1.1 billion in revenue globally through Dec. 28.

The movie is expected to best Paramount Pictures’ Top Gun: Maverick’s international box office of $770 million. The Way of Water enters the weekend with $762.8 million in foreign revenue.

Separately, Universal Pictures/DreamWorks Animation’s Puss in Boots: The Last Wish is expected to finish No. 2, appealing to families with younger moviegoers not suited to see The Way of Water. The sequel to 2011’s Puss in Boots is expected to add around $15 million in revenue, upping its North American tally past $61 million; near $100 million globally.

Sony/Columbia Pictures’ Whitney Houston biopic I Wanna Dance With Somebody is projected to jumpstart a slow box office debut, adding more than $4 million in ticket sales, due in part to strong 91% Rotten Tomatoes social media critics score.

Finally, Paramount Pictures’ pricey Hollywood period comedy-drama Babylon is setting itself up to sully the studio’s stellar 2022 box office. With a reported 49% Rotten Tomatoes score, the movie co-starring Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie is projected to sell just $3.8 million in tickets over the four-day holiday period — not enough to beat Disney/Marvel’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and only slightly ahead of Universal Pictures’ Violent Night.

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