Box Office: ‘Avatar 2’ Moves Into 4th-Place All-Time With $2.1B; ‘Infinity Pool’ Edges Out ‘Left Behind’

  1. Avatar: The Way of Water– $15.7M/$620.5M

Seven straight weeks at #1 for James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water have it breaking records faster than a Na’vi can swim. With a worldwide haul of $2.116B, the sequel has moved into 4th-place all-time, passing Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ $2.07B. Domestically, the $620.5B total is good for 11th-place and it will likely best The Avengers’ $623M in a couple of weeks. Cameron now owns three of the top 4 highest-grossing movies of all-time, led by Avatar at $2.9B, Titanic at #3 with $2.19B. Avengers: Endgame is #2 with $2.79B and Cameron’s got nothin’ to do with that one.

2. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish– $10.6M/$140.8M

3. A Man Called Otto– $6.7M/$46M

4. M3GAN– $6.3M/$82.2M

5. Pathaan– $5.9M/$8.5M

6. Missing– $5.6M/$17.5M

7. Plane– $3.8M/$25.3M

8. Infinity Pool (review)- $2.7M

Following a Sundance premiere a few days earlier, Brandon Cronenberg’s off-the-wall Midnight thriller Infinity Pool was devoured by genre fans, earning $2.7M at just over 1800 locations. Alexander Skarsgard and the red-hot Mia Goth star in the film about a vacation in a third-world country that devolves into an orgy (literally) of madness and murder. The debut is more than double what Brandon’s father, David Cronenberg, did last year with his latest, Crimes of the Future.

9. Left Behind: Rise of the Antichrist– $2.3M/$2.9M

The apocalyptic Left Behind franchise just won’t quit, and the latest, Rise of the Antichrist, actually did pretty decent through Fathom Events presentations. Must be that gigantic Kevin Sorbo fanbase! The film, which sees the end of the world brought about by a sneaky U.N. leader or something, earned $2.9M, which is still a far cry from the $6.3M earned by the Nicolas Cage-led (!!!) Left Behind in 2014. There have been six movies in the series total, including 2016’s spinoff Left Behind: Next Generation.

10. The Wandering Earth II– $1.3M


In other release news, Deon Taylor’s latest thriller, Fear (review) opened in 974 theaters and earned just $1.2M, failing to crack the top 10. And we got a first look at the Oscars bounce in action, as Everything Everywhere All At Once returned to 1400 theaters and earned over $1M.


Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.