‘Black Panther 2,’ ‘Violent Night’ to Lead Last Weekend Box Office Ahead of ‘Avatar’ Tsunami

With 20th Century Studios’ much-hyped sequel, Avatar: The Way of Water, set to debut on Dec. 16 and dominate the global box office for the foreseeable future, Disney’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and Universal Pictures’ low-budget action comedy crime thriller Violent Night are set to enjoy their last theatrical weekend with little competition.

Wakanda Forever, the sequel to the 2018 box office sensation, Black Panther, starring the late Chadwick Boseman, is projected to sell another $12 million worth of tickets to push its North American gross past $400 million, $750 million globally. Both tallies are well-behind the $700 million domestic/$1.38 billion worldwide in revenue generated by the original movie.

Separately, Violent Night, starring David Harbour as a grumpy Santa who arrives at the home of a wealthy family under siege by criminals, continues to generate strong social media buzz. The film is expected to generate $8 million in revenue in its second weekend, upping its global haul past $30 million.

Other holdovers include Disney Animation’s box office disappointment Strange World with less than $4 million in ticket sales, Searchlight Pictures’ black comedy horror film The Menu with $2.5 million in revenue, and Columbia Pictures’ navel aviation drama Devotion at $1.9 million.

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