Universal’s ‘Knock at the Cabin’ Ends ‘Avatar 2’ Box Office Reign With $14.2 Million Debut

Universal Pictures’ thriller Knock at the Cabin halted the seven-week No. 1 box office reign of 20th Century Studios’ Avatar: The Way of Water — generating as estimated $14.2 million in revenue in its weekend debut through Feb. 5.

Directed by M. Night Shyamalan and headlined by Dave Bautista (Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, Army of the Dead), Cabin is on track to be Shyamalan’s lowest-generating movie debut behind 2021’s Old with $16.8 million.

The movie largely out-legged the debut of Paramount Pictures’ 80 for Brady ($12.5 million) due to the weather and the studio/exhibitors’ decision to discount ticket prices to lure senior moviegoers to the sports-themed comedy. The movie’s cast is led by 80+ year-olds Jane Fonda, Sally Field, Rita Moreno and Lily Tomlin.

Paramount said the movie over-indexed in the Midwest and Southeast  while under-indexing in the West. The studio contends the polar vortex arctic chill kept much of title’s audience at bay in the northeast until the thaw starts today. With strong critical reviews, 80 for Brady grossed $1.27 million in sneak Thursday screenings.

Avatar 2 finished No. 3, adding $10.8 million to a global box office haul of $2.17 billion after eight weekends — and is projected next week to pass the No. 3 all-time box office release, Titanic, also directed by James Cameron.

Universal/DreamWorks’ Puss in Boots: The Last Wish added almost $8 million in ticket sales to up its global tally past $368 million after seven weekends. The movie is also available on PVOD and PEST, priced at $19.99 and $24.99, respectively.

Lionsgate’s actioner Plane, starring Gerard Butler, continued on a profitable flight path over the weekend, adding an estimated $2.21 million in revenue to up its global tally near $29 million. The movie is also available on PVOD and PEST.

‘Avatar 2’ Tops $2 Billion Global Box Office After Six Weeks in Release

Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ sequel Avatar: The Way of Water continues to show strong sea legs, adding another $20 million in projected box office revenue through Jan. 22. The tally is enough to push director James Cameron’s follow-up to his 2009 original Avatar past $2 billion in global theatrical revenue after just six weeks in release.

The movie’s total supplants Sony Pictures’ 2021 global box office champ, Spider-Man: No Way Home ($1.91 billion), as the No. 6 all-time theatrical revenue release — and sits just $20 million behind No. 5, Avengers: Infinity War (Disney/Marvel Studios).

Universal Pictures/DreamWorks Animation’s Puss in Boots: The Last Wish added $11.5 million in ticket sales to push its global five-week total near $300 million. The tally was enough to drop former box office champ, Universal’s life-like doll thriller M3GAN, to No. 3 with almost $10 million in revenue. The movie’s global tally after three weeks now approaches $127 million — with a sequel in the works.

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Sony’s new drama release Missing finished the weekend in the No. 4 spot with $9.3 million across more than 3,000 screens. The studio’s Tom Hanks-starrer A Man Called Otto finished No. 5 with $9 million in revenue to push its worldwide tally past $55.3 million.

Finally, Lionsgate’s thriller Plane, starring Gerard Butler as a commercial pilot who, after an emergency landing on a remote island, finds himself and passengers in the crosshairs of warring island rebels, sold more than $5 million worth of tickets to push its global 10-day total near $20 million.

Four Movies Perform Well Under Long ‘Avatar 2’ Weekend Box Office Shadow

20th Century Studios’ Avatar: The Way of Water, the pricey sequel to James Cameron’s 2009 all-time box office behemoth Avatar, continues to dominate movie theaters, generating $31.1 million in ticket sales through Jan. 15. With another $7 million-plus in revenue projected over Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 16), the movie is approaching $1.9 billion in ticket sales after five weeks of release across more than 4,000 screens.

At the same time, a group of movies — Universal Pictures’ horror thriller M3GAN, animated family film Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, Sony Pictures’ sentimental comedy A Man Called Otto, and Lionsgate’s Gerard Butler actioner Plane — all performed above expectations.

M3GAN, about a lifelike play doll with issues, sold more than $17 million worth of tickets in its second weekend, to push the Allison Williams-starrer near $61 million in revenue worldwide. Puss in Boots 2, follow-up to the 2011 original, added a projected $17+ million in ticket sales through MLK Day, upping its North American total to $110 million.

Otto, starring Tom Hanks as a lovable widowed senior citizen dealing with 21st Century reality, projects another $15 million in revenue through Jan. 16, upping its two-week tally near $25 million.

Finally, new releases, Plane and erstwhile HBO Max original movie reboot House Party, which was instead released theatrically, realized divergent box office results.

Plane took in a better-than-expected four-day estimate of $11.6 million, while playing at more than 3,000 screens in North America. The movie had been tracking an opening of less than $10 million.
 
The film was acquired for release in North America, Latin America, the U.K., and India. In North America, according to PostTrak, the opening weekend audience was 55% male, 77% older than 25 years-of-age.
 
Butler remains one of the world’s most reliable action stars, and Plane didn’t disappoint, generating a strong audience response during test screenings and 95% positive score on Rotten Tomatoes.
 
House Party, a Warner Bros. Pictures’ reboot of the 1990s trilogy, failed to attract party-minded  moviegoers, generating a projected $4.5 million in revenue through Jan. 16. The comedy, which finds two well-meaning janitorial newbies unknowingly tasked with cleaning NBA superstar LeBron James’ mansion, saw a 25% Rotten Tomatoes critics score on social media.
 
 

This Week’s MPN Podcast: ‘Avatar 2’ Box Office Blowout; James Cameron Quotes and Interviews; Charlie’s Feel-Good Christmas-Time Movie List

 

On this week’s episode of the Media Play News podcast, hosts Charles Parkman and Charlie Showley cover news around Avatar 2’s release. It had the fifth-largest domestic opening of the year, and made $435 million globally. It was a meaty opening weekend yet it still didn’t quite meet projections. Charles brings in a series of interviews director James Cameron has given over the years and breaks down the characteristics of this auteur director. It’s a spirited discussion around this director because the release of Avatar 2 has such a unique development history, not to mention the ongoing development of planned sequels in the franchise.

Charlie wraps up the episode with an exhaustive list of movies he watched over the weekend while he was knocked out sick in bed. It spans the gamut of thriller/criminal/mystery/revenge films, including multiple foreign films and some mainstream ones that flew under the radar during their releases. He facetiously calls it his “feel-good Christmas-time movie list” but beware that most of the movies he cites tend to get graphic. One movie however, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, gets an asterisk for actually taking place during Christmas. Listen to the episode for the full list.