The Way of the Water becomes the fourth highest-grossing film of all time in an otherwise rather disappointing weekend at the box office
To this time last year, the box office situation was quite disappointing. As January 2022 draws to a close, the biggest hit of the previous December (namely Jon Watt’s Spider-Man: No Coming Home) was still topping the charts, and while a hot new horror movie (Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett’s Scream) and a hit animated sequel (Garth Jennings’ Sing 2) were making money, pretty much everything else was hanging on.
Fast forward 52 weeks, and we’re dealing with almost exactly the same situation: December’s big blockbuster (James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of the Water) is always on top, and although horror films (Gerard Johnstone’s M3GAN) and animated sequels (Joel Crawford’s Puss in Boots: The Last Wish) are doing well, there’s not much else to cheer about. Otherwise for Marc Forster A man called Otto and Siddharth Anand Pathan, that would actually be scary. Check out the full Top 10 below and join me after for analysis.
Surpassing Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Avatar: The Waterway is Now the Fourth Greatest Film of All Time Worldwide
One leg in the air Avatar: The Way of the Water a on the above Spider-Man: No Coming Home is the duration of his reign. While Sony’s Marvel movie won the weekend box office for six of its first seven weeks (after being overtaken by Scream in its debut), James Cameron’s return to Pandora has been the hottest thing in theaters for all seven of its Friday-Sundays so far. This resulted in a national sum that currently stands at $620.6 million – but that’s literally less than half the picture.
Outside the United States and Canada, Avatar: The Way of the Water has more than doubled that ticket sales total, having grossed $1.5 billion so far. In total, the blockbuster has grossed $2.1 billion worldwide, and as the Walt Disney Company officially announced in a press release, the film is now considered the fourth-highest-grossing movie of all time ( without specifically considering inflation or premium tickets such as IMAX and 3D).
Currently, according to Numbers, Avatar 2 has now made around $52 million more worldwide than JJ Abrams Star Wars: The Force Awakens did when it hit theaters in 2015/2016. In order to become the third highest-grossing film of all time, it will need to add an additional $91.4 million to its current total, as this will allow the sci-fi feature to surpass the amount of money James Cameron has. Titanic introduced at the end of the 1990s and during its multiple reissues.
Still with a strong hold on the top two spots in the standings, Cameron’s Avatar ($2.9 billion) and Joe and Anthony Russo Avengers: Endgame ($2.8 billion).
In the national all-time charts, Avatar: The Way of the Water is getting closer and closer to breaking into the Top 10. It’s around $3 million after passing Joss Whedon The Avengersand in ninth place is Colin Trevorrow jurassic worldwhich memorably grossed $652.3 million during its time on the big screen.
How high it climbs will depend on how the film fares in February against what can certainly be called more intense competition than January had to offer. Depending on how things go, Avatar 2 Could Lose Its Box Office Crown In Its Eighth Week To M. Night Shyamalan knock on the booth — but even if that doesn’t happen, there’s a 0% chance the movie will reach nine straight weeks at the top. Peyton Reed Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania arrives in the middle of next month, and there’s no way this will end Marvel Studio’s No. 1 hit streak (which has been going on since the release of Jon Favreau’s Iron Man in the summer of 2008).
Brandon Cronenberg’s infinity pool has a tough opening weekend that puts it in ninth place
They say a rising tide lifts all boats… but the world of cinema isn’t really an ocean. When a particular genre or subgenre is doing well, it can certainly raise hopes for future projects of that ilk, but there are never any guarantees when it comes to trends and box- office.
That’s why Brandon Cronenberg’s performance Overflowing swimming pool can be called disappointing.
As we have seen endlessly in recent months, horror is having a great time right now, as fans not only see a lot of great content released, but the titles tend to do well on the big screen. Thanks to this heat, Neon clearly had high hopes for Overflowing swimming pool — giving it wide circulation in 1,835 locations — but the gamble didn’t quite pay off. despite winning positive buzz on its extreme after its premiere 2023 Sundance Film Festivalthe film only made $2.7 million in the last three days.
It’s a disappointing start to what is a clever and entertaining movie (for more, check out my Overflowing swimming pool Reviews on CinemaBlend), and hopefully it will eventually get a boost from word of mouth in the weeks to come. We’ve seen the hype rise for a lot of creepy features lately – titles that immediately come to mind include Damien Leone Terrifying 2by Zach Cregger Barbaric and Parker Finn Smile – so we’ll have to wait and see what happens in the coming weeks.
Pathaan is this week’s big box office surprise
To end this week’s box office on a high note, we’ll draw special attention to the impressive performance of Pathan. The Hindi thriller was released last Friday in less than 700 theaters across the country by Yash Raj Films, and it managed to crack the Top 5 chart. It is one of two foreign language films to make the Top 10 this week, the other being that of Frant Gwo. Wandering Earth 2.
Bringing in $5.9 million in its first three days, Pathan made an impressive $8,557 per location, which was second only to The Wandering Earth – which made $3 million playing on 142 screens – which equates to an average of $21,127.
February should be a very interesting month for movies on the big screen, and we’re excited to see how the landscape changes with the arrival of the two knock on the booth and Kyle Marvin’s soccer-centric comedy 80 for Brady in wide circulation this Friday. Check back here at CinemaBlend next Sunday to see how the Top 10 is mixed, and check out our 2023 movie release schedule to find out about all the movies slated for release in the coming weeks and months.