Even after its fifth weekend, Avatar 2 continues to lead the box office

The Avatar sequel is expected to surpass Spider-Man to become the sixth-highest grossing film of all time

Even after its fifth weekend, Avatar 2 continues to lead the box office
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Avatar: The Way of Water has reclaimed the top rank globally after five weeks of release. Numerous people visited the movies throughout the course of the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, which helped the Avatar sequel have another successful weekend and earn, as expected, $40.6 million in ticket sales, according to Box Office Mojo.

Avatar 2 has earned almost $1.9 billion so far when counting its performance overseas, and it is on track to surpass Spider-Man: No Way Home to become the sixth-highest-grossing film of all time globally. Director James Cameron is prepared to move forward with Avatar 3, 4, and 5 after a strong box office result.

Outside of Pandora, M3GAN also enjoyed a prosperous second weekend. After a stronger-than-anticipated launch, the killer AI companion movie held onto second place with additional domestic ticket sales of $21.7 million, and Universal has already begun development on a sequel. After initially being predicted to start in third place, the action film Plane starring Gerard Butler and Mike Colter premiered in fifth place with $12 million.

A Man Called Otto, starring Tom Hanks, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, and the remake of House Party all made the top ten. The version of House Party came in sixth place with $4.4 million from 1,400 screens.

According to writer-director James Cameron, the success of Avatar: The Way of Water at the box office indicates that society is eager to get up from the sofa and visit a theatre. He admitted to ‘Variety’ that he doesn’t really care that three of his films are currently in the top seven highest-grossing films in history (the other two are Avatar and Titanic). He claims that the fact that The Way of Water is rekindling interest in the cinematic experience is more significant.

The theatre film industry saw a large decline at the height of the pandemic, and it has yet not fully recovered (and it may never return to pre-pandemic heights). The great success of The Way of Water seems to indicate that audiences are eager and willing to leave their homes to see a movie, especially if it’s a big blockbuster. Of course, watching movies online at home continues to be very popular.

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