Box Office Update: Avatar 2 up 7% in its third weekend

The numbers are starting to roll in for this last weekend of 2022 and as expected Avatar: The Way of Water takes first place. What’s impressive is that the epic sequel actually takes off and shatters predictions (including my own) in its third week of release, adding 7% to its domestic total of around $67.8 million. The film also continues its strong international play has already raised nearly $1.2 billion. Can it reach the magical $2 billion? It is definitely possible!

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, new trailer

In second place comes the animated sequel Puss in Boots: The Last Wish with an estimated $13.3 million, which would actually be 7% above what it made last weekend and a running total of $62.1 million after 13 days of release. With good word of mouth and solid reviews (including an 8/10 from our own JimmyO) the film should continue to perform well over the next few weeks/months.

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It seems to be shooting up the charts to third place Black Panther: Wakanda Forever with an estimated 3-day take of $4.7 million and a running total of nearly $440 million after 8 weeks of release. It also puts it in second place out of recent Marvel releases Spider-Man: No Way Home finished its domestic run with just over $814 million while Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness finished with $411.3 million domestic and Thor: Love and Thunder finished with $343.2 million domestically.

Fourth and fifth place seems to be your box office bombs I want to dance with someone and Babylon with an estimated $3.7 million and $2.9 million, respectively. The good news for these movies is that these numbers represent small week-over-week drops of just 22% and 19% respectively, but when your movie opens that low to begin with, there really wasn’t much room to drop. I think if you want to look on the bright side, too Babylon, it should exceed the gross lifetime from last year Nightmare Alley that ended its run with $11.3 million.

According to Comscore analytics, this year is looking to end at $7.39 billion, up from 2020’s $2.27 and 2021’s $4.49 billion, but we’re still not hitting pre-pandemic numbers like 2018’s $11.81 billion and 2019’s $11.3 billion . But I guess the steady increase is encouraging and maybe 2023 will get us back to those numbers.

Did you hit the theaters this weekend If so, let us know what you saw in the comments section, and don’t forget to come back tomorrow for a full breakdown of this weekend’s box office numbers.

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