It’s still floating at the box office in its sixth weekend of release for “Avatar: The Way of Water” and James Cameron’s science-fiction sequel, ahead of the new release “Missing.”
Playing in 3,790 theaters, “The Way of Water” added $4.6 million to its domestic haul on Friday, pushing its total to $582 million. This marks a roughly 35% drop from its previous outing, marking another strong hold for the holiday release as it maintains momentum into January.
The “Avatar” sequel made more than its predecessor, though it continues to drop heavier. The domestic total for the sequel should be on the verge of $600 million by Monday, putting the film just a stone’s throw away from dethroning “Incredibles 2” ($608 million) as the 12th-highest-grossing North American film of all time.
On a global scale, “The Way of Water” officially surpassed “Spider-Man: No Way Home” as the sixth-highest-grossing film of all time on Wednesday, grossing $1.928 billion worldwide. The film’s next milestone will surpass the $2 billion mark, which has been achieved by only five films: “Avatar” ($2.9 billion), “Avengers: Endgame” ($2.79 billion), “Titanic” ($2.2 billion), “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Awakens” ($2.069 billion) and “Avengers: Infinity War” ($2.04 billion).
Phase 6 Film and Screen Gems’ “Missing” is the only new wide release this weekend. The Sony Pictures-distributed thriller collected $3.4 million on its opening day and is on target to finish third or fourth on the domestic charts. It’s in a strong position considering its $37 million production budget.
A sequel to 2018’s “Searching,” the film follows a teenager (Storm Reed) searching for her mother (Nia Long); The film is told through characters’ screen devices, internet logs, and text conversations. Nick Johnson and Will Merrick direct the film in their directorial debuts.
More to come…