James Cameron’s “Avatar: The Means of Water” led ticket gross sales in film theaters for the sixth straight weekend, making it the primary movie to have such a sustained reign atop the field workplace since 2009’s “Avatar.”
The Walt Disney Co.’s “The Means of Water” added $19.7 million in U.S. and Canadian theaters over the weekend, in response to studio estimates Sunday. Its international complete has now surpassed $2 billion, placing it sixth all-time and simply forward of “Spider-Man: No Means Residence.” Domestically, “The Means of Water” is as much as $598 million. Continued strong worldwide gross sales ($56.3 million for the weekend) has helped push the “Avatar” sequel to $2.024 billion worldwide.
A yr in the past, “Spider-Man: No Means Residence” additionally topped the field workplace for six weekends, however did it over the course of seven weeks. You need to return to Cameron’s authentic “Avatar” to discover a film that stayed No. 1 for such an extended span. (“Avatar” in the end topped out at seven weeks.) Earlier than that, the one movie prior to now 25 years to handle the feat was one other Cameron movie; “Titanic” (1997) went undefeated for 15 weeks.
“The Means of Water” has now reached a goal that Cameron himself set for the very costly sequel. Forward of its launch, Cameron stated changing into “the third or fourth highest-grossing movie in historical past” was “your break even.”
The box-office domination for “The Means of Water” has been aided, partially, by a dearth of formidable challengers. The one new huge launch from a significant studio on the weekend was the thriller “Lacking,” from Sony’s Display Gems and Stage 6 Movies. A low-budget sequel to 2018’s “Looking out,” starring Storm Reid as a young person looking for her lacking mom, “Lacking” performs out throughout laptop screens. The movie, budgeted at $7 million, debuted with $9.3 million.
January is often a sluggish interval in theaters, however a handful of strong-performing holdovers have helped prop up gross sales.
Although it didn’t open vastly in December, Common Footage’ “Puss in Boots: The Final Want” has had lengthy legs as one of many solely household choices in theaters during the last month. In its fifth week, it got here in second place with $11.5 million domestically and $17.8 million abroad. The “Puss in Boots” sequel has grossed $297.5 million globally.
The creepy doll horror hit “M3gan,” additionally from Common, has likewise continued to tug in moviegoers. It notched $9.8 million in its third week, bringing its home haul to $73.3 million.
And whereas the recognition of horror titles in theaters is nothing new, Sony Footage’ “A Man Known as Otto,” starring Tom Hanks, has flourished in a market that’s been making an attempt for adult-oriented dramas. The movie, a remake of the Swedish movie “A Man Known as Ove,” a couple of retired man whose suicide plans are frequently foiled by his neighbors, made $9 million in its second week of huge launch. It’s taken in $35.3 million domestically by way of Sunday.
Estimated ticket gross sales for Friday by way of Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, in response to Comscore. Last home figures will likely be launched Monday.
1. “Avatar: The Means of Water,” $19.7 million.
2. “Puss in Boots: The Final Want,” $11.5 million.
3. “M3gan,” $9.8 million
4. “Lacking,” $9.3 million.
5. “A Man Known as Otto,” $9 million.
6. “Aircraft,” $5.3 million.
7. “Home Get together,” $1.8 million.
8. “That Time I Acquired Reincarnated as a Slime The Film,” $1.5 million.
9. “Black Panther: Wakanda Endlessly,” $1.4 million.
10. “The Whale,” $1.3 million.
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