Avatar 2 Still No. 1 At The Box Office In 4th Weekend, M3GAN Has Huge Start
Not even a killer robot doll could stop Avatar: The Way of Water from reigning supreme at the box office for the fourth weekend in a row.
Avatar: The Way of Water has taken the number one spot at the domestic box office for the fourth consecutive week, beating stiff competition in the form of M3GAN along the way. The Avatar sequel took in $45 million in North American ticket sales, according to Box Office Mojo, while M3GAN earned a better-than-expected $30.2 million in its debut weekend.
Directed by Gerard Johnstone (Housebound), and written by Akela Cooper (Malignant, The Nun 2), M3GAN asks the age-old question of what would happen if a highly advanced companion robot was set to evil. The film was originally predicted to make between $17-$20 million at the US box office, but positive reviews and strong word-of-mouth helped it beat those numbers and become the first film since 2012's Devil Inside to earn over $30 million in the first week of a new year.
As for the Avatar sequel, it currently has a global haul of $1.707 billion, making it the seventh-biggest movie in cinema history and usurping the position that has been held by Jurassic World for several years. So far, $516 million of its box office gross has been earned at the US box office alone, and as James Cameron has confirmed, the planned Avatar sequels are going ahead, including Avatar 3 in 2024. Expect to see a few evil Na'vi in the future as the franchise continues.
For the rest of the domestic box office top 10, the list included Puss in Boots: The Last Wish in third place with $13.1 million, A Man Called Otto bounced took fourth place, and one of this year's big Oscar contenders, The Whale, held firm in seventh place.
North America Box Office Results: January 6-8
- Avatar: The Way of Water - $45 million
- M3GAN - $30.2 million
- Puss in Boots: The Last Wish - $13.1 million
- A Man Called Otto - $4.2 million
- Black Panther: Wakanda Forever - $3.3 million
- Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody - $2.4 million
- The Whale - $1.5 million
- Babylon - $1.4 million
- Violent Night - $741,000
- The Menu - $713,000
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