Box Office: Avatar 2 Crushes Christmas with $95.5M

Avatar: The Way of Water, directed by James Cameron, grossed an impressive USD 95.5Mn over the course of the fourth day of Christmas weekend, easily dominating its rivals at the domestic box office.

Because of the severe weather and general apathy among moviegoers regarding the other new films, there was not much of a feasting opportunity outside of the high-budget tentpole.

The last wish was to get off the grounds, while both Whitney Houston’s: I Wanna Dance with somebody and Babylon got off to a terrible start. This year, Christmas and Christmas Eve both fell on Sundays, which did not make things easier.

Even compared to the previous year, revenue was significantly lower. Now, everyone is keeping their fingers crossed that business will pick up later this week and over the New Year’s holiday weekend.

Not that Avatar 2 has any cause for concern. The film, which was produced by 20th Century Fox and Disney, performed better than anticipated over the holiday weekend and finished its run on Monday with an estimated domestic total of USD 293.2 Million and a global total of USD 955.1 million.

As a result, it has become the second highest-grossing Hollywood film of the year, behind only Top Gun: Maverick. A sizeable USD 168.6 million was collected overseas by The Way of Water over the Christmas weekends, bringing its total overseas earnings up to USD 601.7 million as of Sunday.

This includes more than USD 100 million coming from China. By the end of Monday, which was Boxing Day, the total amount received from overseas reached USD 661.9 million.

The Last Wish, which was given an A CinemaScore, finished at the No.2 spot in the United States. Through Monday, it has raked in a total of USD 32.5 million from overseas markets, bringing the expected worldwide count to USD 32.5 million.

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