‘M3GAN’ Dances Past ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ at Friday Box Office

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'The Way of Water' will win the weekend, and will top $500 million domestically by Sunday.

Universal and Atomic Monster’s buzzy horror title M3GAN topped the Friday box office but will lose the weekend to holdover hit Avatar: The Way of Water, which is eyeing its fourth weekend at the top of the chart. With $11.7 million on Friday, including $2.7 million from Thursday previews, M3GAN is expected to finish second in its debut weekend of release, with an estimated $27.5 million.

COLLIDER VIDEO OF THE DAY That movie concluded its global run with more than $200 million, while 2022’s other runaway horror hit, Barbarian, made nearly $50 million worldwide, also on the back of inventive promotional tactics. In a data point that deserves mention, M3GAN almost surpassed the lifetime domestic haul of 2021’s Malignant in one day. It shares with that modern cult hit producer James Wan, writer Akela Cooper, and a campy tone.

The fourth and fifth spots were claimed by Sony's A Man Called Otto and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, with $1.5 million and $968,000 on Friday, respectively. Disney’s superhero sequel will next set its target on the $450 million mark at the domestic box office — it currently sits $443 million — as it wraps up its theatrical run ahead of a February 1 Disney+ debut. The Tom Hanks-starrer, meanwhile, went semi-wide after a week in limited release, during which it made a little over $100,000.


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Not after totals were counted. Avatar ended up on top. By a lot. And for the weekend Megan is doing $27million and avatar is doing $40million. Roughly $512million domestic total and $1.7billion by end of Sunday night. But hey, don’t let me do your job for you 😂😂😂

Avatar's been out for a month, M3GAN just opened so....

*after including Megan's thursday night grosses as part of Friday

Something was going to. Might as well be this crap.

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