Avatar 2 is still in first place, M3GAN in second place
Numbers are starting to come in for this first weekend of 2023 and they are very promising. James Cameron is not surprised Avatar: The Path of Water continues to dominate the market pulling in another $10 million on Friday for what looks to be a close to $40 million weekend. That will put the film over half a billion marks stateside and will note it above The Avengers became the ninth highest-grossing film of all time at the worldwide box office. James Cameron now claims three of the ten highest grossing films of all time. I guess he really is the king of the world.
Not to be counted out though is this weekend’s runner-up: the James Wan/Blumhouse production M3GAN which took in a solid $3 million in Thursday previews, rolled into its $11.4 million Friday en route to a projected opening weekend of around $27 million. You hear a lot of internet chatter (well, I guess technically you read a lot of internet chatter) about why they would release a horror movie in January and not October before Halloween? Well, here’s your answer! January is often seen as a dumping ground when theaters are still packed with the big holiday releases and the smaller screens are taken up by Oscars hopefuls. Someone decided, years ago, in those months when nothing big is being released, why not take in a little chill and since then, for the most part, it’s had solid numbers see in January for scary movies. (In 2022 we saw Scream open to more than $ 30 million, in 2019 we saw Escape room pull in nearly $20 million, while 2018 saw Insidious: The Last Key opened with just under $30 million.)
The third place seems to be the animated series Puss in Boots: The Last Wish with Friday $2.5 million and a projected weekend of $10 million and a running cume of just under $90 million. Not bad numbers for the feline Antonio Banderas, but it looks like it will end its run a long way from its $149.2 million domestic debut. With the studio firmly sticking to its short theatrical window, Puss in boots 2 download can now be seen in your own home, so I wonder what effect that will have on his box office in the coming weeks.
Fourth place belongs to Tom Hanks with A man called Otto taking in $1.2 million Friday with a projected weekend of around $3.5 million. These are very hard numbers for the film that is playing in around 600 theaters. As I said in my original predictions, there are still names that will send bumps in seats and Tom Hanks is one of those names! But the big story for this one is the huge divide between critics and fans. Although critics have been pretty middle-of-the-road on this remake of the Oscar-nominated Swedish film A man called Ove (the film currently sits at 67% on Rotten Tomatoes with our very own Chris Bumbray giving it a 5/10 in his review,) it seems to be a hit with audiences, giving Otto A strong audience score of 97%.
The continued success of the top five is to produce Black Panther: Wakanda Forever which has been going strong since early November, is looking to add another $3 million to its box office this weekend.
Did you make it out to theaters this weekend? If so, let us know what you saw in the comments and don’t forget to check back tomorrow for our full run down of this weekend’s box office numbers.