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‘Avatar 2’ continues to dominate the box office in its sixth weekend

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James Cameron’s blockbuster sequel “Avatar: The Way of Water” claimed the number one spot at the domestic box office for the sixth consecutive weekend.

The sci-fi epic added $20 million from 3,790 theaters over the weekend, down nearly 40% from its previous outing, and lifting its North American tally to $598 million. It’s currently the 13th-highest-grossing release in history behind “Incredibles 2” ($608 million), “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” ($620 million) and “The Avengers” ($623 million), but it will eventually surpass those films. Expected to be in terms of domestic ticket sales.

Notably, “The Way of Water” has officially become the sixth film to cross $2 billion worldwide. It collected a staggering $2.02 billion, recently dethroning “Spider-Man: No Way Home” ($1.91 billion) as the sixth-highest-grossing release of all time.

While Na’vi has comfortably dominated the box office, Universal’s animated adventure “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” has remained surprisingly strong since debuting around Christmas. Now in its fifth weekend of release, the kid-friendly sequel is in second place with $11.5 million from 3,611 theaters. To date, “Puss in Boots 2” has grossed $126.4 million domestically and $297 million worldwide, a huge result when family films haven’t resonated as much at the box office.

In terms of new releases, Sony’s suspense thriller “Missing” took the No. 4 spot with $9.3 million from 3,025 theaters. That’s a pretty good start since the film was made for just $7 million. Storm Reid stars in “Missing” as a girl whose mother never comes home from vacation with her new boyfriend. It is billed as a standalone sequel to 2018’s “Searching” with John Cho, which was set entirely on computer screens and smartphones. That movie, which cost less than $1 million to make, opened to $6 million and ended up grossing $26 million in North America and $75 million worldwide.

“It’s a very good opening for a low-budget follow-up sequel,” David A. said Gross, who runs movie consulting firm Franchise Entertainment Research “It’s a very profitable and growing series.”

Elsewhere at the domestic box office, Universal’s killer-doll movie “M3GAN” moved into third place, earning $9.8 million from 3,628 theaters in its third weekend. The low-budget film, which became a viral sensation and was recently parodied on “Saturday Night Live,” has grossed $72 million and $127 million worldwide so far. Naturally, a sequel titled “M3GAN 2.0” is already in the works

Sony’s heartwarming drama “A Man Called Auto,” starring Tom Hanks, rounded out the top five. The film dropped just 34% last weekend, earning $9 million from 3,802 venues and upping its domestic tally to $35.3 million.

More to comeā€¦

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