M3gan debuts with a strong $30.2 million at the box office… but it can’t dethrone Avatar 2


The first weekend of any year at the box office is typically a weak one, but Avatar: The Way of Water and newcomer M3gan proved to be the exception to that rule.

M3gan opened as the first new wide release for 2023, taking in a strong $30.2 million at the box office (via Deadline), just days after producer James Wan and director Gerard Johnstone hinted a M3gan sequel may be coming.

Despite a strong debut, it could not dethrone director James Cameron’s blockbuster Avatar: The Way of Water, which won its fourth straight weekend with $45 million. 

First 2023 movie: M3gan opened as the first new wide release for 2023, taking in a strong $30.2 million at the box office (via Deadline ), just days after producer James Wan and director Gerard Johnstone hinted a M3gan sequel may be coming 

Blockbuster: Despite a strong debut, it could not dethrone director James Cameron's blockbuster Avatar: The Way of Water, which won its fourth straight weekend with $45 million

Blockbuster: Despite a strong debut, it could not dethrone director James Cameron’s blockbuster Avatar: The Way of Water, which won its fourth straight weekend with $45 million

Avatar: The Way of Water continues its blistering run, dropping just 33.2% in its fourth weekend, from a third weekend that saw a surprising 6.4% increase from the second weekend.

The long-awaited sequel was added in 138 more theaters for a fourth-weekend theater count of 4,340, with a strong per-screen average of $10,368.

The fourth-weekend haul pushed the blockbuster past the $500 million domestic threshold with $516.7 million, with the worldwide haul passing $1.7 billion.

Big hit: Avatar: The Way of Water continues its blistering run, dropping just 33.2% in its fourth weekend, from a third weekend that saw a surprising 6.4% increase from the second weekend

Big hit: Avatar: The Way of Water continues its blistering run, dropping just 33.2% in its fourth weekend, from a third weekend that saw a surprising 6.4% increase from the second weekend

Half billion: The fourth-weekend haul pushed the blockbuster past the $500 million domestic threshold with $516.7 million, with the worldwide haul passing $1.7 billion

Half billion: The fourth-weekend haul pushed the blockbuster past the $500 million domestic threshold with $516.7 million, with the worldwide haul passing $1.7 billion

Avatar: The Way of Water is now the seventh highest-grossing film worldwide, behind Spider-Man: No Way Home ($1.91 billion), Avengers: Infinity War ($2.048 billion), Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens ($2.069 billion), Titanic ($2.201 billion), Avengers: Endgame ($2.797 billion) and Avatar ($2.922 billion). 

Avatar: The Way of Water also reached the $500 million milestone in just 23 days, a full seven days faster than the top movie of 2022 – Top Gun: Maverick, which has earned $718.7 million domestic.

It also became the best fourth weekend for any movie at the box office since the original Avatar, which took in $50.3 million in its fourth frame back in early 2010.

Seventh: Avatar: The Way of Water is now the seventh highest-grossing film worldwide, behind Spider-Man: No Way Home ($1.91 billion), Avengers: Infinity War ($2.048 billion), Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens ($2.069 billion), Titanic ($2.201 billion), Avengers: Endgame ($2.797 billion) and Avatar ($2.922 billion)

Seventh: Avatar: The Way of Water is now the seventh highest-grossing film worldwide, behind Spider-Man: No Way Home ($1.91 billion), Avengers: Infinity War ($2.048 billion), Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens ($2.069 billion), Titanic ($2.201 billion), Avengers: Endgame ($2.797 billion) and Avatar ($2.922 billion)

Universal’s M3gan rode a wave of strong reviews (93% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) to a $30.2 million debut.

It opened in 3,509 theaters and posted a strong $8,606 per-screen average for its opening frame.

The thriller, directed by Gerard Johnstone from a script by Malignant writer Akela Cooper, took in an additional $14.8 million from foreign markets for a worldwide debut of just over $45 million.

Strong reviews: Universal's M3gan rode a wave of strong reviews (93% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) to a $30.2 million debut

Strong reviews: Universal’s M3gan rode a wave of strong reviews (93% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) to a $30.2 million debut

Worldwide: The thriller, directed by Gerard Johnstone from a script by Malignant writer Akela Cooper, took in an additional $14.8 million from foreign markets for a worldwide debut of just over $45 million

Worldwide: The thriller, directed by Gerard Johnstone from a script by Malignant writer Akela Cooper, took in an additional $14.8 million from foreign markets for a worldwide debut of just over $45 million

Rounding out the top 5 is DreamWorks Animation’s Puss In Boots: The Last Wish, which dropped 22% to $13.1 million in third place, A Man Called Otto (which expanded into 637 more theaters) in fourth place with $4.2 million with a solid $6,593 per-screen average and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever with $3.3 million.

The top 10 is rounded out by Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody ($2.4 million, $19.6 million domestic), The Whale ($1.5 million, $8.5 million domestic), Babylon ($1.4 million, $13.5 million domestic), Violent Night ($741,000, $49.4 million domestic) and The Menu ($713,000, $37.6 million domestic).

Next weekend brings the Lionsgate action-thriller Plane, while A Man From Otto will expand again into wide release.

Next weekend: Next weekend brings the Lionsgate action-thriller Plane, while A Man From Otto will expand again into wide release

Next weekend: Next weekend brings the Lionsgate action-thriller Plane, while A Man From Otto will expand again into wide release

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