Box Office Report for the Week of February 12

“I’m the king of the world!” James Cameron probably said this weekend as two of his films are in the top 3! Titanic was re-released for its 25th anniversary in regular 3D and IMAX 3D. I saw the movie in IMAX 3D for the first time, and it blew my socks off. No one does it quite like James Cameron, but what’s more impressive is how well it holds up. I was also surprised that the screening was nearly sold-out, and there was a lineup for the next showing when I got out.

It is a terrific movie whose timeless nature has shown to be a guaranteed moneymaker every time it has been re-released in theatres. The film opened with a $6.4 million tally this weekend, in third place. Unfortunately, Avatar: The Way of Water has dethroned Titanic as the third highest-grossing movie of all time, having cumulated $6.8 million domestically over the weekend. It’s James Cameron versus James Cameron for the top of the box office, with Avengers: Endgame in the middle. Never bet against him. You’re going to lose.

But there’s a new box office king this weekend…and his name is Magic Mike. With the Super Bowl, it’s been a relatively slow week in cinemas, but Steven Soderbergh‘s grand return to cinemas with Magic Mike’s Last Dance has put the film in the top spot this week. The movie was initially slated to release on HBO Max until David Zaslav gave it a wide theatrical release, something Soderbergh hasn’t done since 2018’s Unsane. That’s the only good thing Zaslav has done: put Magic Mike in theatres where he belongs.

As for the other movies this week, Knock at the Cabin and 80 for Brady dropped considerably. I would’ve thought that 80 for Brady would have a Super Bowl push, especially with the Big Game tonight, but its second-week numbers aren’t as strong as last week’s. Still, audiences who crave Super Bowl excitement may see it after the Big Game is over.

Knock at the Cabin went from first place to fifth place. Even with considerably good reviews, the word of mouth hasn’t been particularly strong. Some have criticized how it veered off from the source material, with a twist ending not in the book, while others have applauded M. Night Shyamalan‘s return to a more stylistic form of horror. I’m in the latter category, but I do know people who vehemently hated it. The film made a meager $5.501 million this weekend. A 25-year-old film did better than Knock at the Cabin. That’s the power of Jim Cameron, but it wasn’t good enough for Magic Mike.

Here’s the full list of top ten films for the week:

  1. Magic Mike’s Last Dance (Warner Bros.): $8.2M – 1,500 theatres
  2. Avatar: The Way of Water (Disney): $6.8M (-39.3%) – 3,065 theatres
  3. Titanic: 25th Anniversary Re-Release (Paramount): $6.4M – 2,464 theatres
  4. 80 for Brady (Paramount): $6.0M (-52.8%) – 3,939 theatres
  5. Knock at the Cabin (Universal): $5.501M (-61.1%) – 3,657 theatres
  6. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (Universal): $5.5M (-30.2%) – 3,227 theatres
  7. A Man Called Otto (Sony): $2.62M (-38.2%) – 2,824 theatres
  8. Missing (Sony): $2.6M (-29,9%) – 2,315 theatres
  9. M3GAN (Universal): $2.3M (-38.3%) – 2,508 theatres
  10. Plane (Lionsgate): $1.1M (-46.2%) – 1,679 theatres

Source: Box Office Mojo


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Written by Maxance Vincent

Maxance Vincent is a freelance film and TV critic, and a recent graduate of a BFA in Film Studies at the Université de Montréal. He is currently finishing a specialization in Video Game Studies, focusing on the psychological effects regarding the critical discourse on violent video games.

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