Movie Monday: ‘The Way of Water’ Splashes to Sixth Straight Win

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Another Monday, another win for Avatar: The Way of Water.

For the sixth straight weekend, James Cameron’s liquid epic snagged the top spot at the North American box office, pocketing another estimated $20 million in grosses.

Sure, that’s mere pocket change for the flick, given that it’s already stashed away $598.3 million its bulwarks. That’s about $47 million ahead of what the record-breaking original made at this point in its run. (The first Avatar flick went on to earn $749.8 million domestically.)  Add in overseas grosses, and The Way of Water has collected nearly $2 billion.

Admittedly, it was a pretty slow weekend at the box office, and plenty of other older films took advantage of that.

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish continues to hold well, moving from third place up to second and scratching up $11.5 million in kitty cash this weekend. That brings the movie’s total domestic gross to about $126.5 million. Who says that family movies don’t make money in a post-COVID environment? Not this feline.

M3GAN swapped places with The Last Wish and fell to third. But the sci-fi horror flick still managed to scare up $9.8 million. It has now earned $73.3 million—which makes it the biggest movie to be released in 2023 thus far. (Both The Way of Water and The Last Wish are 2022 holdovers.)

Missing actually hit, landing $9.3 million and nosing out A Man Called Otto for fourth place. (The latter finished fifth with $9 million.) That makes it the weekend’s biggest new release, though a few other newbies made some cash as well. The unwieldy named anime That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime the Movie: Scarlet Bond finished eighth with $1.5 million, while The Son opened its run with a rather dour $240,000.

Paul Asay

Paul Asay has been part of the Plugged In staff since 2007, watching and reviewing roughly 15 quintillion movies and television shows. He’s written for a number of other publications, too, including Time, The Washington Post and Christianity Today. The author of several books, Paul loves to find spirituality in unexpected places, including popular entertainment, and he loves all things superhero. His vices include James Bond films, Mountain Dew and terrible B-grade movies. He’s married, has two children and a neurotic dog, runs marathons on occasion and hopes to someday own his own tuxedo. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.