Avatar: The Way Of Water Becomes The Fourth Highest Grossing Movie Of All Time During An Otherwise Mostly Bummer Box Office Weekend

At this time last year, the situation at the box office was pretty disappointing. With January 2022 coming to a close, the biggest hit from the previous December (namely Jon Watt’s Spider-Man: No Way Home) was still at the top of the charts, and while a buzzy new horror movie (Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett’s Scream) and a hit animated sequel (Garth Jennings‘ Sing 2) were making money, pretty much everything else was just hanging on.

Fast forward 52 weeks, and we’re looking at almost the exact same situation: the big blockbuster from December (James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way Of Water) is still on top, and while features from the realm of horror (Gerard Johnstone’s M3GAN) and animated sequels (Joel Crawford’s Puss in Boots: The Last Wish) are doing well, there isn’t a lot else to be excited about. If not for Marc Forster’s A Man Called Otto and Siddharth Anand’s Pathaan, it would actually be spooky. Check out the full Top 10 below, and join me after for analysis.

Avatar: The Way of Water Weekend Box Office January 27-29, 2023

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1. Avatar: The Way Of Water $15,700,000 $620,580,771 1 3,600
2. Puss In Boots: The Last Wish $10,620,000 $140,834,910 2 3,452
3. A Man Called Otto $6,750,000 $46,052,864 5 3,957
4. M3GAN $6,370,000 $82,273,725 3 3,416
5. Pathaan* $5,947,369 $8,548,444 N/A 695
6. Missing $5,675,000 $17,569,417 4 3,025
7. Plane $3,825,000 $25,374,765 6 2,852
8. The Wandering Earth 2 $3,000,000 $3,000,000 N/A 142
9. Infinity Pool* $2,725,000 $2,725,000 N/A 1,835
10. Left Behind: Rise Of The Antichrist* $2,362,074 $2,972,648 N/A 1,405

Surpassing Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Avatar: The Way Of Water Is Now The Fourth Biggest Film Of All Time Worldwide