“Avatar: The Way of Water” took in an estimated $82.4 million this holiday weekend in North America, pushing it past a global total of $1 billion in near record time, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported Sunday.
The four-day domestic take for the sci-fi flick brought its domestic total to $440.5 million, on top of $957 million earned overseas; only a half-dozen films have passed the $1 billion mark in their first two weeks.
Director James Cameron has estimated that the high-budget 20th Century movie needs to make twice that much just to break even. The original “Avatar” took in a record $2.9 billion.
Second place in North American theaters went to Universal’s family-oriented “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish,” a computer-animated spin-off of the popular “Shrek” franchise. It took in $22 million for the Friday-through-Monday period.
Another blockbuster sequel, Disney’s “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” earned $6.5 million to place third; its domestic total rose to $439.6 million in its eighth week out.
“Puss in Boots: The Last Wish,”, “Avatar: The Way of Water”, and Disney’s “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” are all available at Anga Cinemas.