After a generally unsettling Christmas corridor for movie-going, the first weekend of January is bringing relief to Hollywood and theater owners, thanks Avatar: The Road of Water and new offers M3GANa science fiction themed horror film by Universal and Blumhouse.
water path, which is the only film to do big at the year-end box office, will earn between $40 million and $45 million in its fourth weekend. At some point on Saturday or Sunday, the 20th Century and Disney blockbuster will cross the $500 million mark at the domestic box office, a feat only two other films have achieved since the Great Depression. translation begins, Spider-Man: No Way Home and Top Gun: Maverick. Even before the COVID-19 crisis, a select few had reached this milestone in any given year.
M3GAN even beat water path on Friday with $11.7 million, including $2.75 million in Thursday previews. The Avatar sequel, which announced Friday gross of $11.4 million, will surpass M3GAN on Saturday.
Stand still, M3GAN is looking at a stellar $27 million to $29 million opening in North America, the highest opening for a PG-13 thriller since. A Quiet Place Part II in 2021. And this is the best opening for any movie coming out the first weekend of January since 2018.
Thanks to the two films, the box office will be up more than 67% over the same weekend in 2022 (historically, the first frame of January has been particularly quiet).
Directed byGerard Johnstone, M3GAN tells the story of a robot doll haunted by a young girl. Critics gave the film high marks, while it received a CinemaScore B from audiences.
Elsewhere, Tom Hanks-starrer A man named Otto is aiming for fourth place after expanding to 637 theaters. The Sony film is expected to earn between $3.7 million and $4.5 million over the weekend.
Weekend numbers will be updated on Sunday morning.