Box Office: ‘M3GAN’ Slays With $45M Global Debut, ‘Avatar: The Way Of Water’ Is 7th Biggest Movie Ever

  1. Avatar: The Way of Water– $45M/$516.7M

James Cameron keeps rackin’ up the dollars and breaking records with Avatar: The Way of Water, which added another $45M domestically and another $132M internationally for a worldwide total of $1.7B. That’s good enough to become the 7th biggest movie of all-time, with really no end in sight.

2. M3GAN (review)- $30.2M

Blumhouse and James Wan’s robo-slasher flick M3GAN was a killer in its debut weekend, earning $30.2M. January continues to be a haven for low-budget horror films. With another $14.8M internationally, the film has $45M globally. The clever marketing campaign included Tiktok videos of the dancing doll, along with interactive chats you could have with her over DM. Word of mouth went a long way, too, as it holds an insane 93% on Rotten Tomatoes from critics, while Audiences were slightly less enthusiastic with 79%.

3. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish– $13.1M/$87.7M

Counterprogramming has been the cat’s meow for Dreamworks’ Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, which after three weeks has $197M globally.

4. A Man Called Otto (review)- $4.2M/$4.28

Rocketing up 14 spots after an increase to 637 locations, A Man Called Otto scored $4.2M in its second weekend as buzz continues to swirl surrounding Tom Hanks’ and co-star Mariana Treviño’s potentially Oscar-worthy performances.

5. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever– $3.3M/$445.4M

6. I Wanna Dance with Somebody– $2.4M/$19.6M

7. The Whale– $1.5M/$8.5M

8. Babylon– $1.4M/$13.5M

9. Violent Night– $741K/$49.4M

10. The Menu– $713K/$37.6M

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.