After seven weeks of being the King of the Box Office, Avatar: The Way of Water has been dethroned by M. Night Shyamalan‘s Knock at the Cabin. Despite mixed reviews, Shyamalan’s latest film, which boasts an impressive cast from the likes of Dave Bautista, Ben Aldridge, Jonathan Groff, and Rupert Grint, has drawn an impressive February crowd, making $14.2 million in its opening weekend.
Avatar: The Way of Water also couldn’t keep up with senior audiences flocking en masse to see 80 for Brady. I’ll admit I did not expect my screening to be this packed, but it was. You really shouldn’t bet against the combined star power of Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno, and Sally Field (alongside recently twice-retired NFL legend Tom Brady which probably attracted a few football fans who wanted to relive Super Bowl nostalgia), and don’t be surprised when Book Club: The Next Chapter makes tons of money during Mother’s Day Weekend as well.
As for previously released films, Siddharth Anand‘s Pathaan dropped the most, tallying $2.7 million in its second weekend, but in only 683 theatres. Many terrible comparisons have been made between RRR and Tom Cruise, but here’s what you need to know. After COVID, Bollywood has not recovered very well. While Tollywood flourished and received international acclaim with RRR, most Hindi films have been poorly received in India and overseas. Laal Singh Chaddha, Shamshera, and Brahmastra Part One: Shiva either performed below expectations and/or received negative reviews.
It took the star power of Shah Rukh Khan and the YRF Spy Universe to flood Indian cinemas and become one of the fastest moneymakers in Hindi cinema history. It is currently the fourth highest-grossing Hindi film of all time and seventh overall highest-grossing Indian film of all time, on top of being the highest-grossing of Shah Rukh Khan’s career and the most profitable film made by Yash Raj Films in its 53-year existence. If you want to learn more about Bollywood, a docuseries on Yash Chopra and the impact of Yash Raj Films from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Smriti Mundhra will release on Netflix on February 14. It’s the perfect time to start getting interested in what India is currently doing in the world of film, as they will likely win their first Academy Award with Naatu Naatu.
Here’s the full list of top ten films for the week:
- Knock at the Cabin (Universal): $14.2M – 3,643 theatres
- 80 for Brady (Paramount): $12.5M – 3,912 theatres
- Avatar: The Way of Water (Disney): $10.8M (-32.4%) – 3,310 theatres
- Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (Universal): $7.9M (-24.3%) – 3,290 theatres
- BTS: Yet to Come in Cinemas (Trafalgar Releasing): $6.2M – 1,114 theatres
- A Man Called Otto (Sony): $4.1M (-37.2%) – 3,407 theatres
- M3GAN (Universal): $3.8M (-39.3%) – 2,835 theatres
- Missing (Sony): $3.7M (-34.3%) – 2,565 theatres
- The Chosen Season 3: Episode 1 & 2 (Fathom Events): $3.6M – 1,979 theatres
- Pathaan (Yash Raj Films): $2.7M (-60.6%) – 683 theatres
Source: Box Office Mojo