BOX OFFICE: Bad Weather Beats down “Babylon,” “Avatar” and “Boots” on this frigid weekend

Sub-freezing temps and high winds covering much of North America are doing a number on the second weekend of “Avatar: The Way of Water.”

With a holiday weekend, decent word of mouth that’s kept the take high all week (It has the best Wednesday of 2022), one might have expected the super-expensive 20th Century/Disney release to come closer to matching its $134 million opening weekend. Nothing doing. It’s down about 60%, with a $55 million weekend, $82 million through Monday take, per Deadline.com.

“Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” is seriously underperforming, as smart parents know better than to freeze their kids in this weather. A $3.8 million Friday (It opened Wed.) points to an $11 million or so weekend. Ouch.

“I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” the Whitney Houston bio-pic, is angling for a $6 million weekend, maybe as much as $10 million by midnight Monday.


“Babylon” opened wide this weekend, and this long-as-“Avatar” Hollywood history lesson will be lucky to make it to $3.5 million by Sunday night, $5 million by Monday night.

“Violent Night” is racking up another $3 million this weekend.

And “The Whale,” an Oscar contender opening wide-ish, cracks the top 10 with a $1 million or just under three day weekend opening.

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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