Avatar: The Way of Water is the weekend’s No. 1 movie again. But the movie—or at least the title—comes with a bit of a paradox. Because right now, the box office is anything but fluid.
The Way of Water claimed the weekend’s domestic box-office title for the fifth-straight weekend, collecting another $32.4 million to add to its overflowing treasure chests. James Cameron’s latest epic has now banked $564.2 million in North America, and a staggering $1.9 billion worldwide. Admittedly, that global mark is still about a billion behind the original Avatar (the No. 1 grossing film of all time), but still not too shabby.
The rest of the box office looks almost like a carbon copy of last week’s list. M3GAN finished second to The Way of Water for the second straight week, collecting about $18.3 million (according to the studio’s estimates). Puss in Boots: The Last Wish slinked into third place with $14.4 million, bringing its overall domestic cross to a very respectable $107.4 million. A Man Called Otto was fourth, taking in another $12.8 million.
The only new movie to crack the Top Five was the R-rated action flick Plane, which landed not so gently into fifth place with a $10.3 million take.
Could Avatar: The Way of Water float to the top for a sixth-straight weekend? It’s possible. Only a movie called Missing stands in its way. And if you haven’t heard of it … well, that speaks for its chances, doesn’t it?