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BOX OFFICE REPORT: THE RETURN TO PANDORA

Avatar: The Way of Water has huge worldwide weekend; Violent Night still bringing in money; Disney suffer big losses with Strange World.
WRITTEN BY ELLIOT LINES / DECEMBER 20, 2022

13 years ago, a well known director brought us his vision of a new world, the world of Pandora. Avatar obliterated the box office becoming the highest grossing film ever, with a number that now stands at $2.9 billion worldwide. For years Cameron has been talking about taking us back to this place, and the time has finally come. Where it may be difficult to reach the same numbers, Avatar:The Way of Water's opening weekend shows pretty good early signs with a domestic opening of $134,100,226, slightly under the estimates the numbers are most certainly made up across seas with an opening worldwide weekend of $441,703,887. It remains to be seen if this makes 2022 (Top Gun: Maverick) kind of money in the long run, but that's an impressive start to the journey to make profit on this movie.


With not much else going up against it (and rightly so), coming in second this week and still hanging in there is Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, making another $5,346,843. This happens to be a drop of 52% on the previous weekend but with the release of Avatar 2 this was to be expected, especially having been in in and around the top for 6 weeks now.


Still making some money is the christmas horror starring David Harbour, Violent Night. With a budget of only $20 million, the film has now made a worldwide box office of $55,173,750, which seems to be a win for Universal considering the limited marketing done for the movie.


Disney's animated features are normally an assured thing, but you've got to feel like the latest in their library, Strange World, has been under-marketed. The animated film has made a mere $33,788,315 domestically and barely breaks the $60 million mark worldwide. With an estimated budget of approximately $135—180 million, which brings a massive loss for the big corporation, especially as it hits Disney Plus this week.



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