Avatar 2 holds on strong in its third week
It's been a good weekend being the self-proclaimed king of the world as James Cameron Avatar: The Way of Water held up strong into its third week of release. The film grossed $63.4 million in the last weekend of 2022. In my original predictions, I thought the film would have a very small drop from week to week, which would have been good news for the film, but a 0% change from week two to week three is even better! I think that's what James Cameron films do, they amaze us not only with what's on screen but with their performance.
It's like we said, when the movie opened at a not-so-smashing $135 million, the movie would have legs (like all James Cameron-directed movies) and would be a hit in the long run. How big the success will be in the end is not yet certain. But with the director already most of the films Avatars 3&4 To avoid what he called the "Stranger Things" effect, the franchise will be fine! Of course I wouldn't mind if he put it behind him to focus on fixing that terminator ship as seems like a possibility as I think he's the only one who could come in and fix this franchise after every sequel since he left has been pretty terrible.
Second place belongs to another sequel: Puss in Boots: The Last Wish with an estimated $16.3 million, up 31% from last weekend. I guess people just didn't want to go to the movies at Christmas! Combine that and the fact that most of the country was frozen while this week's weather is in the 60+ degree range (that's Fahrenheit, not Celsius as I believe 60 degree Celsius would spell the end of the days). This is another movie that got off to a slow start but ultimately turns out well.
Third place seems to be Black Panther: Wakanda Forever at $4.8 million, up 38% from last week. Maybe this was the weekend when the folks who still had families decided they'd done all they could and decided to take a nice trip to the local multiplex. The film, which has garnered a solid 74 nominations for an award to date, including 14 for Best Supporting Actress for Angela Bassett alone Wakanda forever Opened eight weeks ago, I've already championed a number of awards for the legendary actress. Now, I won't give her full credit for receiving so many nominations, but it's obvious that every awards group saw that first box office close and agreed with me!)
Places four and five went to the box office among the artists Whitney Houston: I want to dance with someone at $4.2 million, down 11% from the already dismal numbers of the past few weeks Babylon at $2.7 million, down 24% from last week. As a big proponent of the cinematic experience, I'm glad these films have embraced the cinematic experience, but I think they'll play a lot better when they come out on home video. Which doesn't mean they should have avoided theatre. When a film is released in theaters, it gets exposure that a direct-to-stream film doesn't get. Sometimes the best publicity a film can get is a big screen release that increases its exposure. I think in everything that has been written Babylon, People will eventually decide to spend their time checking it out. The Whitney Houston biopic may have a harder time finding its audience as run-of-the-mill biopics tend to be forgotten pretty quickly (remember when Ashton Kutcher played Steve Jobs?!)
Finishing sixth and still pulling in solid numbers even though Christmas is over is it violent night with an estimated $2.1 million. As a huge fan of the film, I'm glad people are still searching for this R-rated Christmas classic.
The seventh place is The whale starring a never-better Brendan Fraser with an estimated $1.3 million, a solid 28% increase from last week. Word of mouth seems to be pretty good for this Darren Aronofsky drama. Expect this one to continue playing well over the next few months while Fraser racks up the nominations (he already has 30 individual nominations with more to come, including likely SAG and Oscar nominations).
Closing the top ten this weekend is The Fabelmans with $1.14 million, followed by the continued successful series of The menu with $1.07 million and strange world with $538,000.
As we wrap up 2022, we look back at the good people's year numbers comscore have provided some analysis at the end of the year. Immediately the most successful film of the year Top Gun: Maverick with $1.4 billion, however Avatar: The Way of Water is hot on his heels with a grand total of over $1.3 billion. You can count on it in the next few days Avatar: The Way of Water to officially become the highest-grossing film to be released at the global box office in 2022. Overall, movies were up over 64% year-over-year, but still below pre-pandemic numbers.
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