‘Avatar 2’ Expected to Top Seventh Straight Weekend Box Office

Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ sequel Avatar: The Way of Water has already become the fifth-highest-grossing theatrical release in history. That fiscal trend is set to expand through the Jan. 29 weekend as director James Cameron’s follow-up to his 2009 blockbuster Avatar looks set to capture its seventh-consecutive weekend box office with a projected $15-plus million in ticket sales.

The movie, which topped $2.92 billion in global revenue through Jan. 26, isn’t expected to have much theatrical competition until the Feb. 17 release of Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.

Meanwhile, Universal Pictures’ Puss in Boots: The Last Wish and M3GAN are projected to add another $10.7 million and $6.7 million in tickets sales, respectively. Both movies are also available to rent/buy across digital retail platforms.

Sony Pictures’ A Man Called Otto should add $6.9 million in revenue, upping the Tom Hanks-starrer’s worldwide revenue near $65 million.

Neon’s new sci-fi horror release Infinity Pool, about a couple (Alexander Skarsgård and Cleopatra Coleman) on vacation who venture outside the resort grounds and suddenly find themselves in a culture filled with violence, hedonism and terror, is projected to sell $2.2 million worth of tickets across 2,000 screens.

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‘Avatar 2,’ ‘M3GAN,’ ‘A Man Called Otto’ to Top Weekend Box Office Podium

With another $35 million in projected revenue over the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend through Jan. 15, 20th Century Studios’ Avatar: The Way of Water continues to narrow the gap to a $2 billion global box office. The 2009 original Avatar holds the record as the top-grossing movie ever with more than $2.9 billion in ticket sales.

In the runner-up spot, Universal Pictures’ M3GAN is expected to continue its successful theatrical run with another $17 million in ticket sales, followed by Sony/Columbia Pictures’ surging feel-good movie, A Man Called Otto, starring Tom Hanks, with $12 million in estimated box office revenue.

Edged off the podium appears to be Universal’s Puss in Boots sequel, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, with another $11.2 million in projected ticket sales.

New releases over the weekend include Lionsgate’s airline actioner, Plane, starring Gerard Butler, with $7 million in projected revenue, and Warner Bros. Pictures’ House Party, a reboot of the same-titled 1990s franchise.

Both Plane and Otto topped $600,000, respectively, in Thursday screenings.

‘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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‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Tops Fourth Straight Weekend Box Office

Disney/Marvel Studios’ superhero sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever topped its fourth consecutive weekend box office Dec. 2-4, selling more than $20 million worth of tickets across more than 3,800 North American screens. The tally ups the follow-up to the 2018 box office hit Black Panther to about $400 million and $733 million worldwide since its Nov. 11 theatrical debut.

Wakanda Forever held off Universal Pictures’ holiday-themed thriller Violent Night, which saw moviegoers spend $7 million ($20.3 million globally) across more than 3,600 North American screens to watch Santa Claus (David Harbour) surprise a group of home invasion burglars.

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Meanwhile, Disney’s animated Strange World continued to underperform, generating less than $5 million across more than 4,000 screens to up its two-week tally to $25.5 million domestically ($42.3 million worldwide). Disney-owned Searchlight Pictures’ thriller The Menu added $3.6 million in revenue across more than 2,800 screens, to up its three-week tally near $25 million ($47 million globally).

Finally, Sony Pictures’ Navy aviation thriller Devotion, based on the true story of Jesse Brown, the first Black aviator in U.S. Navy history, and his friendship with fellow fighter pilot Tom Hudner, realized another $2.8 million in revenue across more than 3,400 screens. The Korean War drama has grossed almost $14 million since its Thanksgiving debut.

‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Pushes Global Box Office Near $550 Million

Disney/Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, as expected, topped the weekend box office with a projected $67.3 million in ticket sales. When added to another $69.8 million in international revenue, the Ryan Coogler-directed sequel to the 2018 original Black Panther is fast approaching $550 million in worldwide revenue after more than 10 days of release. The tally includes 4.5 million in Imax revenue, reportedly upping the exhibitor’s total past $21.4 million

The movie is expected to have another strong North American weekend through Thanksgiving, while international ticket sales could be diminished by the start of the quadrennial World Cup soccer competition that begins today (Nov. 20) through Dec. 18 in Qatar. Wakanda Forever is projected to generate around $800 million in global ticket sales — about 44% less than Black Panther’s $1.38 billion global haul.

Searchlight Pictures’ horror comedy The Menu sold about $9 million worth of tickets in its debut to finish No. 2, narrowly edging out Fathom Events/Angel Studios’ special screening of season three of faith-based series, “The Chosen,” which generated around $8.2 million in ticket sales.

The debut tops last year’s Christmas With The Chosen: The Messengers, which finished No. 4 in its opening weekend on Dec. 1, 2021.

“After the overwhelming response of Chosen fans — and now Wingfeather Saga fans at a packed theatrical event in Nashville last week — we’re seeing that the same audiences who have helped us break streaming records can have a similar impact at the box office,” Neal Harmon, CEO of Angel Studios, said in a statement.

Finally, Universal Pictures’ critically acclaimed #MeToo-themed drama, She Said generated an underwhelming $2.2 million in opening weekend revenue on a reported $30 million production budget. The Carey Mulligan/Zoe Kazan co-starring movie based on The New York Times investigation of former Hollywood producer and convicted sex offender Harvey Weinstein is expected to be a contender for this year’s industry awards season.

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‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Looks to Extend Weekend Box Office Supremacy

Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ breakout theatrical hit, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, looks set to again dominate the weekend box office, with about $67 million in projected ticket sales across almost 4,400 screens.

While the tally suggests a steep drop from last weekend’s record $181.3 million in revenue, strong critical acclaim and social media buzz should sustain moviegoer interest in the sequel to the 2018 original Black Panther until Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ long awaited Avatar sequel, Avatar: The Way of Water, debuts on Dec. 16.

Disney is expected to continue its box office dominance with the debut of Searchlight Pictures’ horror comedy The Menu, starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Fiennes and Nicholas Hoult. The movie is projected to generate upwards of $10 million across 3,100 screens.

Universal Pictures’ new release She Said, a biographical drama based on movie producer Harvey Weinstein’s history of abuse and sexual misconduct against women, is expected to open to less than $3 million in ticket sales.

That should not be enough to best Warner Bros. Pictures/DC Comics’ Black Adam and Universal’s Ticket to Paradise, with both movies looking to extend their theatrical runs with single-digit million-dollar ticket sales. Adam has topped $358 million in global ticket sales, while Ticket has $160 million in worldwide revenue.

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‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Sets November Box Office Debut Record with $181 Million in North American Ticket Sales

Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ much-hyped sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever didn’t disappoint, generating an estimated $181 million in opening weekend box office revenue across 4,300 North American screens through Nov. 13. The follow-up to 2018’s hugely successful Black Panther ($1.34 billion in global revenue) starring the late Chadwick Boseman, has generated a projected $330 million in worldwide revenue.

Wakanda Forever topped the previous November record setter, Lionsgate’s 2013 debut of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which generated $158 million in its opening weekend. Notably, the sequel did not match the original’s $202 million three-day opening and could finish behind the debut of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which generated more than $187 million in its May 6-8 North American opening.

Regardless, Marvel reigns supreme at the box office until Disney’s 20th Century Studios’ Avatar: The Way of Water, the long-awaited sequel to the No. 1 grossing movie of all time, Avatar ($2.9+ billion), launches on Dec. 16.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros. Pictures/DC Comics Black Adam added $10 million in revenue to bring its four-week North American tally past $152 million. Universal Pictures’ romantic comedy Ticket to Paradise upped its four-week tally past $56 million with another $6.3 million in ticket sales. Sony Pictures’ animated action-comedy, Lyle, Lyle Crocodile, sold another $3 million in ticket sales to top $40 million after six weeks.

Paramount Pictures’ horror film Smile generated more than $2.2 million to bring its seven-week tally past $102 million. Finally, Lionsgate’s Prey for the Devil added $2 million at 2,164 North American screens to lift the movie’s gross to near $17 million.

Warner’s ‘Black Adam’ Hits Sluggish Weekend Box Office With $18.5 Million Punch

Warner Bros. Pictures/DC Comics superhero movie Black Adam delivered a projected $18.5 million punch to another slow box office, to up its global take to $250 million after three weekends. While the result counts as another win for Warner, fiscally conservative corporate parent Warner Bros. Discovery has to be second-guessing the movie’s reported $195 million production budget.

And with Disney/Marvel Studios’ bowing sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Nov. 11, Black Adam’s window of opportunity could be closing. Regardless, the movie easily topped Crunchyroll’s anime musical One Piece Film: Red, which is set to generate almost $10 million in its North American debut. The movie has already topped $141 million in global ticket sales since its Aug. 6 bow in Japan.

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Rounding out the podium is Universal Pictures’ adult romantic comedy Ticket to Paradise, with an estimated $8.5 million in in ticket sales through its third weekend of release. The Julia Roberts/George Clooney movie has topped $137 million in global ticket sales, including more than $46 million across North American screens — strong numbers for a movie with a reported $60 million production budget.

Finally, Halloween might be over, but moviegoers still covet the horror genre. Paramount Pictures’ Smile topped $200 million at the global box office after six weeks in release. The low-budget film has to-date grossed more than $99.1 million domestically and more than $103.8 million internationally for worldwide tally of $202.9 million. 

Lionsgate’s Prey for the Devil took in an estimated $3.9 million this weekend. Through Sunday, the film will gross an estimated total of $13.6 million at the box office. The film held strong from last week (down only 46%) and was up better than projected (+49%) from Friday, grossing an estimated $1.7 million yesterday (off only -31% from Oct. 29) and finishing fifth overall in the domestic marketplace on Saturday.

Warner’s ‘Black Adam’ Takes on Anime at Weekend Box Office

With no major new theatrical releases (until next weekend’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever), Warner Bros. Pictures/DC Comics’ superhero movie Black Adam would appear a lock to claim its third straight weekend box office through Nov. 6. The Dwayne Johnson actioner has generated more than $256 million at the global box office, including $117.2 million in North America. The movie is projected to sell another $15 million worth of tickets this weekend.

A possible challenge to Adam is Crunchyroll’s anime theatrical release One Piece Film: Red, the latest quirky movie title only anime moviegoers would seem to appreciate. And that’s a lot of people. The movie has already generated $129.5 million in revenue internationally — the bulk coming from the anime-crazy Japanese market. With strong social media buzz, critical praise, and distribution across more than 2,900 North American screens, Red is projected to generate around $10 million in revenue in its North American debut. The movie generated $1.8 million in Thursday preview screenings.

Rounding out the top five theatrical titles playing, includes successful romantic comedy Ticket to Paradise, the Julia Roberts, George Clooney film projected to add more than $7 million to a global haul exceeding $124 million since its Sept. 8 European/Latin America debut.

Horror movie holdovers include Paramount Pictures’ unstoppable Smile, which is approaching $200 million in global ticket sales, including $100 million in North America. Lionsgate’s Prey for the Devil is expected to add more than $3 million to a box office that tops $13.5 million worldwide. And Universal Pictures’ Halloween Ends never does, with a projected $1.8 million in new ticket sales despite concurrently streaming for free on Peacock Premium since its theatrical debut.

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Warner’s ‘Black Adam’ Expected to Repeat as Weekend Box Office Superhero

With little new competition, Warner Bros. Pictures’ anti-superhero movie Black Adam is projected to again rule the weekend box office through Oct. 30. Starring Dwayne Johnson in the title role, the DC Comics-based movie topped $67 million in its weekend debut and is expected to generate less than half of that amount this weekend.

The movie, which has generated $156.2 million in worldwide ticket sales, including more than $80 million in North America, is the first of many DC-based titles Warner plans to release in the future as it stakes much of its theatrical outlook on comic book superheroes.

Separately, Universal Pictures’ romantic comedy Ticket to Paradise, co-starring Julia Roberts and George Clooney, is also expected to again finish runner-up with $10 million in revenue. The movie has already topped $104 million worldwide (including $22 million domestically), underscoring the international appeal of its stars.

Lionsgate’s new release, Prey for the Devil, is estimated to bring in less than $8 million in revenue across about 2,900 screens.

Other returning box office releases include Paramount Pictures’ enduring horror film Smile, with projected additional ticket sales of more than $6 million. The low budget sleeper has generated almost $170 million globally, including $87 million domestically after four weeks of release.

Universal’s Halloween Ends is projected to sell more than $4 million worth of tickets, as the third and reportedly final film in the reboot series with Jamie Lee Curtis playing Laurie Strode in her endless battles with sociopath killer Michael Myers tries to break $100 million in global revenue.

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