'Avatar' marks 6 straight weeks at No. 1, crosses $2 Billion
Continued robust international sales ($56.3 million for the weekend) has helped push the “Avatar” sequel to $2.024 billion worldwide. You have to go back to Cameron's original "Avatar" to find a movie that stayed No. "The Way of Water" has now reached a target that Cameron himself set for the very expensive sequel. The box-office domination for "The Way of Water" has been aided, in part, by a dearth of formidable challengers. "Avatar: The Way of Water," $19.7 million.wftv.com
‘Avatar 2,’ ‘M3GAN’ hold onto top spots at the box office
New movies like “Plane” and “House Party” were no match for “Avatar: The Way of Water” and the killer doll horror “M3GAN” at the box office this weekend. In first place for the fifth weekend in a row was James Cameron’s “Avatar” sequel, which added an estimated $31.1 million through Sunday. Second place went to Universal and Blumhouse’s “M3GAN” which in its second weekend in theaters added $17.9 million through Sunday and an estimated $21.2 million including Monday. The family-friendly animated film added $13.4 million in its fourth weekend, bringing its domestic total to $110.3 million. Sixth place went to the second major new offering this weekend, “House Party,” a reboot of Reginald Hudlin’s 1994 hit that spawned several spinoffs.wftv.com
Return to ‘Titanic’: Record-breaking film to show in theaters for 25th anniversary
Fans of James Cameron’s epic film “Titanic” — and for those who have never let go — will be able to join Rose and Jack onboard the cinematic ship once again. >> Read more trending newsTo celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary, a remastered “Titanic” will sail onto the big screen in 3D 4K HDR and a high-frame-rate, Mashable reported. “Titanic” will be released on Feb. 10 for a limited time and in time for Valentine’s Day, Collider reported. #Titanic returns to the big screen in remastered 4K 3D on February 10. pic.twitter.com/WcBFJJ8hBI — Paramount Pictures (@ParamountPics) January 10, 2023This is the third time the film has been re-released. “Titanic” was originally released on Dec. 19, 1997, and received dozens of nominations and awards, CBS News reported.wftv.com
'Avatar 2' soars past 'Top Gun' with $1.5 billion to become highest-grossing film of 2022, and it's already the 10th biggest movie ever
"Avatar: The Way of Water" has surpassed "Maverick's" box office haul in just its first three weeks in theaters, raking in an astonishing $1.51 billion worldwide since Dec. 16 according to Box Office Mojo data. Box office watchers don't expect "Avatar 2" to slow down any time soon. Along with the original "Avatar" ($2.92 billion) and "Titanic" ($2.2 billion), Cameron has now directed three of the 10 biggest blockbusters ever. "The first movie famously just kept going and going and going." "Avatar's" box office dominance wasn't a given from the outset.cnbc.com
Full speed ahead: 'Avatar' sequel again dominates box office
NEW YORK — (AP) — “Avatar: The Way of Water" is the box office king for a third straight week, and shows no sign of slowing down. The Sony biopic “Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody” made $4.2 million in its second week of release. The Paramount release earned just $2.7 million in its second week, a 24% drop, and averaged just $815 per location. By comparison, the new “Avatar,” a 20th Century Studios film, averaged more than $15,000. "Avatar: The Way of Water," $63 million.wftv.com
'Avatar' sequel sails to 2nd week atop the box office
Its second-weekend drop-off from the $134 million it made in its first was not precipitous, given the way blockbusters open. Universal’s animated Shrek spinoff, “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish," featuring the voices of Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek, finished a distant second with $11.35 million in its opening weekend. “I would say Babylon is a movie that isn’t about the opening weekend,” Dergarabedian said. “Avatar: The Way of Water,” $56 million. ___This story has been corrected to show that weekend studio estimates say “Avatar: The Way of Water” brought in $56 million in North America, not $58 million.wftv.com
'Avatar' sequel sails to 2nd week atop the box office
Its second-weekend drop-off from the $134 million it made in its first was not precipitous, given the way blockbusters open. “The biggest foe that Avatar is facing at this moment is the weather,” Dergarabedian said. Universal’s animated Shrek spinoff, “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish," featuring the voices of Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek, finished a distant second with $11.35 million in its opening weekend. “I would say Babylon is a movie that isn’t about the opening weekend,” Dergarabedian said. “Avatar: The Way of Water,” $56 million.wftv.com
'Avatar' sequel sails to 2nd week atop the box office
LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Avatar: The Way of Water" sailed to the top of the box office in its second weekend, bringing in a strong $58 million in North America that suggests it may stay afloat into the new year and approach the massive expectations that met its release. James Cameron's digital extravaganza for 20th Century Studios has made $253.7 million domestically in its first 10 days of release, compared to $212.7 million in the same stretch for 2009's first “Avatar,” which would go on to become the highest-grossing film of all time. While Cameron's films like the “Avatar” original and “Titanic” tend to have serious legs at the box office, sequels tend to open big and decline quickly, complicating guesses on where the film will end up.news.yahoo.com
‘Avatar 2’ makes waves with $134 million domestic debut
The sequel earned $134 million from North American theaters and $300.5 million internationally for a $434.5 million global debut, according to studio estimates on Sunday. It tied with "The Batman" as the fourth highest domestic debut of the year, behind "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" ( $187.4 million in May ), "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever," ( $181 million in November ) and "Thor: Love and Thunder" ($144.2 million in July). Domestically, “Avatar: The Way of Water” was released in 4,202 theaters on over 12,000 screens, 400 of which were IMAX 3D. It blows “Avatar’s” $26.7 million first day in 2009 out of the water, though that didn’t include Thursday previews. “Avatar: The Way of Water” has the benefit of a holiday corridor that is, relatively speaking, lacking in major blockbuster-style movies.wftv.com
Sigourney Weaver, James Cameron float on in 'Way of Water'
NEW YORK — (AP) — To Sigourney Weaver, her friendship with James Cameron didn't really start on "Aliens," the 1986 film Cameron directed her in. It was a way, once word filtered back to her, to coax Weaver into signing on. “After that, we’ve been fast friends forever.”That long-running friendship and collaboration reaches an unlikely pinnacle in "Avatar: The Way of the Water," Cameron's long-awaited oceanic opus. Though Weaver co-starred in Cameron's original 2009 "Avatar," her character, Dr. Grace Augustine was shot and killed by the end of the film. “She’s a very, very important character,” Cameron says.wftv.com
Can James Cameron and 'Avatar' wow again? Don't doubt it.
NEW YORK — (AP) — James Cameron has been living on Pandora for a long time. But 13 years after the original "Avatar" and five years after starting production on its sequel, "The Way of Water," Cameron is unveiling the long-awaited follow-up to the highest grossing film of all-time. You create this world around you with your artists, with your casts and so on,” Cameron says. But the first look at Cameron's "Avatar" sequel has thrown some cold water on that notion. Now, for a much different movie landscape, Cameron will again hope to show audiences the full power of visionary grand-scale filmmaking.wftv.com
The It List: 'Call Me Miss Cleo' doc tells story behind mysterious '90s TV psychic, Kate Winslet reunites with 'Titanic' director for 'Avatar: The Way of the Water,' 'Pelosi in the House' gives unique
— Raechal ShewfeltCall Me Miss Cleo premieres Thursday, Dec. 15 on HBO Max. Breaking Bad star Anna Gunn headlines Shudder's entry in the holiday movie season, The Apology — a Christmas movie with seriously scary overtones. STREAM IT: Nancy Pelosi takes a victory lap in the HBO documentary Pelosi in the HouseTalk about your great going-away presents. Pelosi in the House premieres Tuesday, Dec. 13 on HBO and HBO Max. Movie Dad is available Thursday, Dec. 15 at bookstores including Amazon.wftv.com
New ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ trailer features new side of Pandora
20th Century Studios released a new trailer previewing the much-anticipated sequel to the hit movie “Avatar,” featuring a closer look at the oceans of Pandora. >> Read more trending newsThe sequel, titled “Avatar: The Way of Water,” will be released in December, 13 years after the original hit movie theaters. The original, released in 2009, is the top-grossing movie of all time, with a lifetime gross of $2,923,905,528, according to IMDbPro’s Box Office Mojo. “Avatar: The Way of Water” is the first of four planned sequels to “Avatar,” which Cameron is reported to have filmed simultaneously, Rolling Stone reported. Kate Winslet, Cliff Curtis and Edie Falco all join the cast in “Avatar: The Way of Water,” which arrives in theaters Dec. 16.wftv.com
Sean Parker OK'd to buy stake in Peter Jackson's VFX studio
FILE - In this May 6, 2017, file photo, Sean Parker arrives at an event in Culver City, Calif. Tech billionaire Sean Parker has been approved by New Zealand authorities to buy a one-third stake in film director Peter Jackson's visual effects studio. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)WELLINGTON – New Zealand authorities have approved tech billionaire Sean Parker’s purchase of a one-third stake in film director Peter Jackson’s visual effects studio. Parker needed special permission from the Overseas Investment Office because he isn’t a New Zealand resident and the Weta Digital studio is worth more than 100 million New Zealand dollars ($71 million). Weta will issue new shares for Parker, diluting Jackson's stake. In 2016, Parker and Akkaraju founded a video-on-demand startup called Screening Room, which this year relaunched as SR Labs.
Pixar's 'Soul' bypasses theaters, will stream on Christmas
NEW YORK – The Pixar film “Soul” will skip theaters and instead premiere on Disney+ on Christmas, the Walt Disney Co. announced Thursday, sending one of the fall's last big movies straight to streaming. The successive delays of the film industry's would-be blockbusters has only made the dire circumstances of movie theaters more acute. Without aid, the organization said, 69% of small and mid-sized movie theater companies will close or go bankrupt. “The stark reality is that many movie theaters will not be able to open again if they don’t receive government help,” says Esther Baruh, director of government relations for the association. It recently announced that it would lay off 28,000 workers, most of them at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, and Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
Dev Patel celebrates India from his Los Angeles front yard
This image released by National Geographic shows circular Phumdis floating atop Laktak Lake, the largest freshwater lake in northeast India, from the two-part special "India From Above," narrated by actor Dev Patel. Second was the offer to celebrate Indias culture and civilizations by narrating a National Geographic special, India From Above, which airs Sept. 30. It was incredible to be able to make some art in a way, to voice this beautiful thing, linked up to India, said Patel. Patel frequently films in India, but high above the crowd is not a perspective hes used to. How people find a way in India, no matter how hard the condition is, he said.