Avatar: The Way of Water gave no sign of relinquishing its box office domination, taking in an estimated $19.7 million in its sixth weekend out in North America, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said Sunday.
The James Cameron sci-fi epic thus sailed past the $2 billion mark globally, the best in the pandemic era, with accumulated ticket sales of $598 million domestically and $1.42 billion internationally.
That makes the Disney/20thCentury film only the sixth movie ever to surpass the $2 billion mark (not adjusted for inflation), though it still trails the all-time leader, the original Avatar, by $1.5 billion.
Showing considerable buoyance after five weeks out, Universal’s family-friendly Puss in Boots: The Last Wish rose one spot from last weekend to place second, at $11.5 million for the Friday-through-Sunday period.
Down one spot was scary-doll thriller M3GAN from Universal and Blumhouse Productions, at $9.8 million. The film’s title doll, created as a companion to a young orphan, gradually takes on a creepy life of her own.
In fourth spot was Sony’s new release Missing, at $9.3 million. Storm Reid stars as a teenager desperate to find her mother (Nia Long) after she disappears during a vacation in Colombia.
And in fifth, down one spot from last weekend, was Sony’s feel-good A Man Called Otto, at $9 million. Tom Hanks plays the title curmudgeon, a character based on popular Swedish novel A Man Called Ove.