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Battle at the Box Office 1/23/23

For the sixth straight weekend in a row, Avatar: The Way of Water remained at the top of the box office and has now crossed over $2 billion worldwide.

The Way of Water took in $19.6 million over the weekend, bringing its domestic total to $597.9 million and its worldwide total to $2.02 billion.  On the all-time charts, Avatar: The Way of Water is the 13th biggest movie domestically of all time between Incredibles 2 and 2019’s The Lion King and it will most likely get into the all-time top 10, it just needs around $26 million more to pass The Avengers.  Adjusted for inflation, The Way of Water is the 31st biggest movie domestically, between Incredibles 2 and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.  Worldwide, The Way of Water is the 6th biggest movie of all time, behind Avengers: Infinity War and it seems like it will pass both Infinity War and The Force Awakens to be behind the original Avatar, Avengers: Endgame, and Titanic to be the 4th biggest movie worldwide of all time.

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish continues to put up an incredibly long run at the box office, dropping only 21% from last weekend and taking in another $11.5 million.  It now has $126.4 million domestically and $284 million worldwide.  If it gets nominated for an Academy Award tomorrow, it will probably remain even stronger at the box office as more people head out to check it out.

M3GAN dropped to third with $9.7 million, bringing it to $73.1 million domestically and $113.1 million worldwide.

The only big new wide release, Missing, opened in fourth place with $9.1 million.  It’s one of the better “screen life” movie debuts, up from the wide release of 2018’s Searching but not quite up to the level of Unfriended, which opened to $15.8 million back in 2015.

A Man Called Otto rounded out the top 5, making another $8.8 million and bringing its domestic total to $35.1 million and its worldwide total to $43.8 million.

Further down the list, the simply titled The Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: Scarlet Bond opened to 8th place in 1,473 theaters, making $1.4 million.

The Per Theater average went to Avatar: The Way of Water, which made another $5,312 in each of the 3,790 theaters it was playing in over the weekend.

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