As much as Santa Claus wanted to bring in some Christmas cheer this weekend, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever remains the number one film for its fourth week in a row. It’ll likely be number one next year, before Avatar: The Way of Water inevitably takes the crown for the end of the year. It will be interesting to see how James Cameron‘s sequel performs thirteen years after the original released, and if it could beat the likes of Top Gun: Maverick and Spider-Man: No Way Home as the highest-grossing movie of the pandemic era.
Speaking of Top Gun: Maverick, the film was re-released (but did it really leave?) in theatres this weekend, and opened just shy of the tenth position with a $700.000 tally. That’s not terrible, because the film is currently the year’s highest-grossing and only adds to its amazing box office result.
As for Violent Night, the movie opened considerably well in second place with a $13.3M tally with a $20 million budget. The David Harbour-led action movie received favorable reviews, and feels like the type of action film perfectly suited to be experienced on the big screen with a crowd.
Aside from that, this week has been relatively quiet at the box office, and next week may be the same as well. Awards contenders The Menu, Devotion, Bones and All, and The Fabelmans are performing decently, but Steven Spielberg‘s latest hits digital stores in two weeks, which may halt its momentum when the eventual award nominees start to pile up for the film.
Strange World‘s results this week are even worse than last week’s, tallying up $4.9 million in its second weekend when it could’ve been one of the highest-grossing animated films of the year. Even if reviews were mostly positive, the film’s marketing campaign was absolutely terrible. If you go on the street and ask a random person what the movie Strange World is actually about, beyond the Strange World aspect, they may not be able to answer, while everyone may know that Violent Night is about a badass version of Santa Claus.
Here’s the full list of the top 10 films of the week:
- Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Disney): $17.5M (-61.4%) – 3,855 theatres
- Violent Night (Universal): $13.3M – 3,682 theatres
- Strange World (Disney): $4.9M (-59.5%) – 4,174 theatres
- The Menu (Disney): $3.5M (-35.1%) – 2,810 theatres
- Devotion (Sony): $2.7M (-52.6%) – 3,405 theatres
- I Heard the Bells (Fathom Events): $1.8M – 955 theatres
- Black Adam (Warner Bros/DC): $1.6M (-48.9%) – 2,231 theatres
- The Fabelmans (Universal): $1.2M (-42.5%) – 638 theatres
- Bones and All (MGM): $1.1M (-47.3%) – 2,727 theatres
- Ticket to Paradise (Universal): $849.825 (-54.4%) – 1,715 theatres
Source: Box Office Mojo