Missing closes Second at the Box Office as Avatar keeps soaring: It is a new week. However, one thing that hasn’t changed for the past five weekends is that Avatar: The Way of Water remains on top of the charts. James Cameron’s sequel to Avatar, the highest-grossing film ever, has been a winner. It has not only met but surpassed all expectations when it comes to its performance at the box office. In the sixth weekend of its release, the film is still going strong and has a tight grip on the number one position at the box office.
The Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana starrer science-fiction action fantasy film is currently performing better than its record-breaking predecessor in the same timeline in the sixth week of its release. The film also surpassed the gross collections of Marvel Studio’s Spiderman: No Way Home on Wednesday, 18th January 2023, to become the sixth highest-grossing film of all time globally.
The Way of Water is a tidal wave that keeps rising and smashing records. The viewers can’t get enough of the slender blue aliens and their adventures to save their homeland. The film has already managed to cross $1.92 billion gross earnings and is expected to cross the $2 billion dollar mark soon – an achievement that has only been made by five films ever and none post-pandemic.
Currently, the film is playing in 3790 theatres in the US with a per-theatre average income of $1228. The film added around $4.6 million to its earnings in the US on Friday, taking its gross domestic earnings to $582 million. The CGI spectacle is also expected to continue its brilliant run in the coming week. Hopefully, the audience will remain enchanted with the land of Pandora.
Missing, a mystery thriller film by Nick Johnson and Will Merrick, has taken the second spot at the box office. A sequel to the 2018 film Searching, this screen life mystery focuses on a teenage girl’s search for her missing mother after she fails to return from her visit to Columbia with her boyfriend.
The film uses the same unique storytelling as its predecessor. The narrative unfolds through the screens of characters’ devices through major Apps, internet logs, and text conversations. The film contains mystery and thriller elements in equal measure. Starring Storm Reid in the main role of June Allen, the teenage daughter of a missing mother, the film has opened to good box office numbers and has managed to earn $3.4 million domestically on the first day of its release.
Currently playing in 3025 cinemas across the US, the film has an average per theatre income of $1132. The film is doing impressively well, with an 83% audience approval on Rotten Tomatoes. Considering its meager production budget of just $7 million, it has already managed to earn back more than half of its production cost in the first weekend of its release itself.
Moving a place up from last week’s fourth position is Universal Pictures’ adventure action-comedy animated film ‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish,’ the sequel to Puss in Boots (2011) set in the ‘Shrek’ universe. The film has taken the third spot at the box office this week. It continues to perform steadily, earning $2.75 million domestically on Friday, taking its gross domestic earnings to above $117 million. Moreover, the film is getting well-deserved attention and appreciation in the award season, along with the audience’s love in the theatres, where it has managed to impress children and adults alike. This Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Harvey Guillen, Florence Pugh, and Olivia Colman starrer film is playing in 3611 theatres in the US and with an average per theatre earning of $762.
The science fiction horror film M3GAN moves two positions down from last week, currently ranking at the fourth spot at the box office. The earnings for this science fiction horror film have somewhat slowed down. The scary escapades featuring sentient artificially intelligent doll M3GAN (Model 3 Generative Android) have managed to make an average of $722 in playing across 3628 cinemas domestically. This campy horror satire has seen above 40% decrease in sales. The film earned $2.6 million on Friday and has gross domestic earnings of above $66 million.
A Man Called Otto takes the fifth position at the box office this week, two spots down from last week’s third. This Sony Pictures, Tom Hanks starrer made above $2.6 million domestically on Friday taking its domestic gross earnings to over $38 million. Based on a novel by Fredrik Backman titled A Man Called Ove, this film about a grumpy widower is currently playing in 3802 cinemas in the US with an average per cinema earnings of $684.
Warner Bros. Picture comedy film House Party, a reboot of the 1990 film of the same name, is already out of the box office top five list in the second weekend of its release. It currently holds the seventh position. Critically panned, the film also failed to impress the audience, and its sales decreased by 63% from last week. The That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime the Movie: Scarlet Bond, based on the already popular anime franchise, took the sixth spot at the box office with earnings of $697749 on Friday itself.