‘Avatar 2’ arrives as a massive tidal wave at the box office, overtakes‘ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ to take the top spot at the box office.
James Cameron’s ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ has finally been released thirteen years after the first ‘Avatar’ and has swept the box office collections this weekend. The deserted cinemas are seeing a rush after two weeks as throngs of happy filmgoers approach the cinemas. Last weekend had been the second worst performing weekend of the year, but the release of Avatar 2 breaks the curse and defeats Marvel’s ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ to take the top spot at the box office after the former had been reigning unchallenged and unconquered for the past five weeks.
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This Disney and 20th Century Studio production excelled at its maiden weekend with cumulative earnings of $53 million from 4202 locations on the opening day of the release itself. The film is expected to earn $135 million at the end of the weekend.
The first-day collections of the film put ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ in the sixth position of the biggest openings this year, a list that is headed by the trinity of Marvel Studio’s three big releases this year are Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness which takes the first spot at $90.7 million earned on the first day, followed by Black Panther: Wakanda Forever with $84.2 million earned and Thor: Love and Thunder coming third with $69.5 million.
The sequel to the highest-grossing film of all time has arrived after years of a long wait for the fans who have patiently awaited another visit to the enchanting land of Pandora with its unique flora and fauna.
The film is expected to perform splendidly at the box office over the next few weeks, too, as there are no big releases scheduled that can give competition to this CGI spectacle of brilliant world-building; with the holiday season almost around the corner, all collections are predicted to go the way of water.
Marvel’s ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,’ the sequel to Academy Award-nominated Black Panther, has moved down to take second place at the box office collections after its triumphant five-week reign. The Wakanda Forever is now the year’s second highest-grossing film though it saw a significant dip of 41% – 42% in its collections and is projected to earn about $6 million over the course of the weekend.
Universal Picture’s ‘Violent Night,’ starring David Harbour as a Viking warrior Santa taking on a group of mercenaries to save a family who has been taken hostage, takes the third place at the box office. The film is projected to earn $5.3 million before the weekend is out, taking its cumulative earnings to over $35 million in the third weekend of its release.
Disney’s animated fantasy adventure film ‘Strange World’ comes in fourth. The film earned $510K on Friday, taking its gross domestic collections to $30 million. The film is far from earning back the massive production budget of over $180 million.
Its disastrous performance at the box office that has refused to pick up is supposed to cost Disney a pretty penny. The film is expected to continue its downward slump following the release of Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water.
Searchlight Picture’s specialty release, the culinary comedy thriller ‘The Menu’ starring Ralph Fiennes, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Nicholas Hoult, is the fifth highest-grossing film this weekend. The film is projected to earn $1.5 million this weekend, taking its domestic gross earnings to over $30 million. The film has found audience appreciation and has become a niche film to enjoy continued surprise success in 2022.