Box Office: ‘Avatar 2’ Nears 6th Place All-Time As ‘Plane’ And ‘House Party’ Have Solid Weekends

  1. Avatar: The Way of Water– $31.1M/$562.9M

The question after five weeks is how long can James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water keep up this pace? The $31M weekend equates to only a 32% drop, while the $38M 4-Day for the MLK holiday is even better.  Right now, the film ranks 13th domestically, while the $1.9B worldwide total has it creeping up on Spider-Man: No Way Home‘s $1.92B for sixth place all-time.

2. M3GAN– $17.9M/$56.4M

3. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish– $13.4M/$106.3M

4. A Man Called Otto– $12.5M/$18.7M

In a win for adult-skewing films, A Man Called Otto continues to play to big audiences as its theater count rises. The Tom Hanks-led dramedy about an old grouch contemplating suicide, earned $12.5M over the weekend is expected to top $15M over the holiday.

5. Plane (review)- $10M

Gerard Butler still holds a lot of sway with audiences looking for a good time at the multiplex. Plane, his latest action flick co-starring Mike Colter and Daniella Pineda, beat projections with $10M, with a potential $11.6M over the MLK holiday. I disliked the film quite a lot, but overall the reviews have been very good both with critics and audiences alike.

6. House Party (review)- $3.8M

It was no Kid ‘n Play kick-step for the House Party reboot, although the $3.8M weekend and projected $4.5M 4-day is in line with expectations. The redo of the 1990 party classic, now led by Jacob Latimore and Tosin Cole, was originally an HBO Max exclusive before the new regime at Warner Bros. Discovery decided on theatrical. Probably a good idea.

7. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever– $2.1M/$449M

8. The Whale– $1.4M/$10.7M

9. I Wanna Dance with Somebody– $1.1M/$21.8M

10. Waltair Veerayya– $1M



Travis Hopson
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.