Nothing stops Avatar’s success in the US and around the world
The sequel to the 2009 sci-fi film earned US$90 million from Friday, Dec. 23 to Monday, Dec. 27, a holiday in the U.S. and Canada, in its second week of release. Including international admissions, James Cameron’s film has earned a total of more than $881 million since its release, according to figures from box office mojo.
Based on the planet Pandora, Avatar: The Way of the Water tells a story set more than a decade after the events of the first film. U.S. Marine Jake Sully, played by Sam Worthington, has transitioned into the body of a Na’vi, the large, blue-skinned people of Pandora, and works with them to protect their habitat from a dire threat.
The film, Puss in Boots 2: The Last Quest, slipped to second place, despite underperforming at $17.5 million over four days in its first weekend in theaters. In this children’s film, the Pussycat, to whom actor Antonio Banderas lends his voice, embarks on an epic adventure to restore his nine lives.
The film about the life of singer Whitney Houston, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, landed in third place with only 6.8 million USD in its first weekend.
The crazy movie Babylon with Margot Robbie and Brad Pitt barely collected 5.3 million USD for its opening, another “disappointing performance due to external conditions”, underlines David Gross from Franchise Entertainment Research.
Almost six years after the success of La La Land, the gifted Damien Chazelle offers with this film a vibrant homage to the Hollywood of the 1920s, at a time when sound is starting to appear, condemning the world of silent films to oblivion.