‘Avatar’ marks 6 straight weeks at No. 1 because it passes $2 billion in ticket gross sales : NPR

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This picture launched by twentieth Century Studios exhibits Jake Sully, portrayed by Sam Worthington, in “Avatar: The Method of Water.”

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This picture launched by twentieth Century Studios exhibits Jake Sully, portrayed by Sam Worthington, in “Avatar: The Method of Water.”

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NEW YORK — James Cameron’s Avatar: The Method of Water led ticket gross sales in film theaters for the sixth straight weekend, making it the primary movie to have such a sustained reign atop the field workplace since 2009’s Avatar.

The Walt Disney Co.’s The Method of Water added $19.7 million in U.S. and Canadian theaters over the weekend, in response to studio estimates Sunday. Its international complete has now surpassed $2 billion, placing it sixth all-time and simply forward of Spider-Man: No Method House. Domestically, The Method of Water is as much as $598 million. Continued strong worldwide gross sales ($56.3 million for the weekend) has helped push the Avatar sequel to $2.024 billion worldwide.

A 12 months in the past, Spider-Man: No Method House additionally topped the field workplace for six weekends, however did it over the course of seven weeks. You need to return to Cameron’s unique Avatar to discover a film that stayed No. 1 for such an extended span. (Avatar in the end topped out at seven weeks.) Earlier than that, the one movie prior to now 25 years to handle the feat was one other Cameron movie; “Titanic” (1997) went undefeated for 15 weeks.

The Method of Water has now reached a goal that Cameron himself set for the very costly sequel. Forward of its launch, Cameron mentioned turning into “the third or fourth highest-grossing movie in historical past” was “your break even.”

The box-office domination for The Method of Water has been aided, partially, by a dearth of formidable challengers. The one new extensive launch from a significant studio on the weekend was the thriller Lacking, from Sony’s Display Gems and Stage 6 Movies. A low-budget sequel to 2018’s Looking out, starring Storm Reid as a young person searching for her lacking mom, Lacking performs out throughout laptop screens. The movie, budgeted at $7 million, debuted with $9.3 million.

January is usually a sluggish interval in theaters, however a handful of strong-performing holdovers have helped prop up gross sales.

Although it did not open massively in December, Common Photos’ Puss in Boots: The Final Want has had lengthy legs as one of many solely household choices in theaters over the past month. In its fifth week, it got here in second place with $11.5 million domestically and $17.8 million abroad. The “Puss in Boots” sequel has grossed $297.5 million globally.

The creepy doll horror hit M3gan, additionally from Common, has likewise continued to drag in moviegoers. It notched $9.8 million in its third week, bringing its home haul to $73.3 million.

And whereas the recognition of horror titles in theaters is nothing new, Sony Photos’ A Man Known as Otto, starring Tom Hanks, has flourished in a market that is been attempting for adult-oriented dramas. The movie, a remake of the Swedish movie A Man Known as Ove, a few retired man whose suicide plans are regularly foiled by his neighbors, made $9 million in its second week of extensive launch. It is taken in $35.3 million domestically via Sunday.

Estimated ticket gross sales for Friday via Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, in response to Comscore. Ultimate home figures might be launched Monday.

1. Avatar: The Method of Water, $19.7 million.

2. Puss in Boots: The Final Want, $11.5 million.

3. M3gan, $9.8 million

4. Lacking, $9.3 million.

5. A Man Known as Otto, $9 million.

6. Aircraft, $5.3 million.

7. Home Social gathering, $1.8 million.

8. That Time I Acquired Reincarnated as a Slime The Film, $1.5 million.

9. Black Panther: Wakanda Eternally, $1.4 million.

10. The Whale, $1.3 million.

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