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The Way of Water maintains top spot with strong competition from M3GAN

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Avatar: The Way of Water held the No. 1 spot for the fourth consecutive week at the box office with $45 million in North America, but faced tough competition as M3GAN released last weekend and took in $30.2 million in North America.

reveal report from Variety The scary doll movie M3GAN from Universal and Blumhouse Productions took in another $14.8 million worldwide, bringing its total revenue to $45 million.

M3GAN was projected to earn around $17 to $20 million in North America, but there was a lot of positive buzz around the movie, which had a budget of only $12 million. Which helped him outperform expectations, and even became the first film to earn more than $30 million in the first week of the new year since Devil Inside opened in 2012, which grossed $33.7 million.

In our review of M3GAN we said, “M3GAN proves to be more than just horror villain memes, although the film does struggle at times to balance horror with comedy.”

But despite its impressive success, M3GAN didn’t have enough to beat Avatar: The Way of Water. Its US box office receipts of $45 million were down just 35% from last week, and it continues to climb the list of the biggest films of all time.

Thus, Avatar: The Way of Water has grossed more than $516 million in North America and $1.1 billion overseas. That brings its global tally to $1.707 billion, enough to earn the honor of becoming the seventh-biggest film of all time.

According to the site Box Office MojoIt surpassed Jurassic World at $1.671 billion worldwide, and now sits behind Spider-Man: No Way Home at $1.916 billion. The original Avatar movie continues to lead the global list, with revenues of $2.922 billion.

Elsewhere, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish came in third with $12.4 million, bringing its North American total to $87 million. It is followed by Tom Hanks’ A Man Called Otto which had a limited release however and finished fourth with $4.2 million. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever came in fifth with $3.3 million. That brings the total revenue of the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe movie to $445 million in North America alone.

But that’s just the beginning, check out our list of the 60 most anticipated movies coming this year, including Ant-Man: Quantumania, The Super Mario Bros. Movie, John Wick 4, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One, and many more.


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