BOX OFFICE: “Avatar” reigns, “M3GAN” rolls, “Otto” improves, “House Party” crashes

Business is up some $30 million over last year’s dismal Martin Luther King Day four-day weekend box office take.

The reason? “Avatar: The Way of Water” ($35 million over four days), “M3GAN” in the $20-22 range over those same four days, “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” bringing in $16 million from families and “A Man Called Otto” reaching mid-America as it opens on thousands more screens and earns $14 million for its trouble.

“Plane” might reach the $12 million mark by midnight Monday, another feather in Gerard Butler’s wee bonnet.

“House Party,” a made-for-HBO-Max remake mess that never should have been released, will pick up $4 million for its not-quite-limited 1350 theater release. Not worth it.

“The Whale,” like “Avatar” and “Puss in Boots,” a probable Oscar contender, is sticking around the top ten with another $1.5 million or so when all is said and done with this weekend.

These figures will be updated as Saturday’s take and Sunday/Monday’s projections are released. Here are the three day weekend totals from @boxofficepro.

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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