With an additional $186.7M from 52 foreign markets, James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water brought in the New Year with a $1.379B global cume to date. The movie saw a 6% increase from last weekend’s Christmas frame worldwide, including China (excluding China, it was even with last session). Way of Water will surpass $1B overseas early this week with an estimated $957M international box office, becoming the second film to reach that milestone during the pandemic era.
The 20th Century Studios/Disney film has surpassed Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 to become the fifteenth-highest-grossing film of all time globally.
The movie has already made a killing, and with the Monday estimates it has surpassed Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’s $440 million domestic cume to become the second highest domestic grosser of 2022, whether or not the spectacular holds continue. Even more impressively,
The Way of Water will soon surpass Top Gun: Maverick’s $1.49 billion global total to become 2022’s highest-grossing movie.
The Middle Kingdom never saw a release for Maverick, making China the film’s largest international market with $153 million so far. Avatar 2 would still be expected to be the year’s top film even without China.
In many markets, including France, its second-largest international market with $95.1 million, it has already broken pandemic-era records.
It continues to be the top foreign film worldwide and ranks as the thirteenth most successful international release ever. Additionally, it is the second pandemic film to be released and the year’s highest-grossing offshore film.
Avtar : The Way of Water worldwide collection
The third frame in the majority of markets (including the UK (+51%), Australia (+44%), Germany (+40%), France (+24%), Italy (+4%), Brazil (+1%), and Mexico (+1%) was higher than the second frame (which played over Christmas) during the very strong midweeks. Many others noticed small drops.
Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody, a musical biopic, came in fourth place with $4.2 million and a domestic box office of $14.8 million. Internationally, it did a little better, earning $8.3 million, bringing its worldwide total to $27.9 million. Damien Chazelle’s star-studded ode to Old Hollywood, Babylon, which earned $2.7 million for a domestic haul of just $10.1 million, rounds out the top five films of the year.
A Man Called Otto, starring Tom Hanks, debuted in four theatres in New York and Los Angeles this weekend, and the buzzed-about dancing doll from hell horror movie M3GAN made $3.3 million in its international debuts in France, Mexico, and Belgium. However, no new films debuted in the top 10 at the box office this weekend.
Unexpectedly, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which came in sixth last week, took third. Despite being in its eighth weekend, the MCU movie is still going strong, increasing 38% from the previous weekend to bring in $4.8 million. Through Monday, the total has been $440 million domestically and $820 million globally.
With $4.3 million, Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody came in fourth place, down 11% from the previous round. Although the numbers are still low, it is moving along steadily; as of Monday, the cume was $16 million. The biopic saw a 29% increase in holdover markets internationally, bringing the global total to $29.1 million.
This weekend, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish from Universal/DreamWorks Animation expanded internationally in another 18 markets, bringing the total to 71.
The holdovers for the New Year’s session increased by 15%, totaling $22.5M and a $68.8M overseas running cume. The sequel has $129.6M in the bank worldwide. Except for China Puss 2, Sing 2 is aligned with Sing 2 at the same offshore location.
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