M3gan debuts with a strong $30.2 million at the box office... but it can't ... trends now

M3gan debuts with a strong $30.2 million at the box office... but it can't ... trends now
M3gan debuts with a strong $30.2 million at the box office... but it can't ... trends now

M3gan debuts with a strong $30.2 million at the box office... but it can't ... trends now

The first weekend of any year at the box office is typically a weak one, but Avatar: The Way of Water and newcomer M3gan proved to be the exception to that rule.

M3gan opened as the first new wide release for 2023, taking in a strong $30.2 million at the box office (via Deadline), just days after producer James Wan and director Gerard Johnstone hinted a M3gan sequel may be coming.

Despite a strong debut, it could not dethrone director James Cameron's blockbuster Avatar: The Way of Water, which won its fourth straight weekend with $45 million. 

First 2023 movie: M3gan opened as the first new wide release for 2023, taking in a strong $30.2 million at the box office (via Deadline ), just days after producer James Wan and director Gerard Johnstone hinted a M3gan sequel may be coming

First 2023 movie: M3gan opened as the first new wide release for 2023, taking in a strong $30.2 million at the box office (via Deadline ), just days after producer James Wan and director Gerard Johnstone hinted a M3gan sequel may be coming 

Blockbuster: Despite a strong debut, it could not dethrone director James Cameron's blockbuster Avatar: The Way of Water, which won its fourth straight weekend with $45 million

Blockbuster: Despite a strong debut, it could not dethrone director James Cameron's blockbuster Avatar: The Way of Water, which won its fourth straight weekend with $45 million

Avatar: The Way of Water continues its blistering run, dropping just 33.2% in its fourth weekend, from a third weekend that saw a surprising 6.4% increase from the second weekend.

The long-awaited sequel was added in 138 more theaters for a fourth-weekend theater count of 4,340, with a strong per-screen average of $10,368.

The fourth-weekend haul pushed the blockbuster past the $500 million domestic threshold with $516.7 million, with the worldwide haul passing $1.7 billion.

Big hit: Avatar: The Way of Water continues its blistering run, dropping just 33.2% in its fourth weekend, from a third weekend that saw a surprising 6.4% increase from the second weekend

Big hit: Avatar: The Way of Water continues its blistering run, dropping just 33.2% in its fourth weekend, from a third weekend that saw a surprising 6.4% increase from the second weekend

Half billion: The fourth-weekend haul pushed the blockbuster past the $500 million domestic threshold with $516.7 million, with the worldwide haul passing $1.7 billion

Half billion: The fourth-weekend haul pushed the blockbuster past the $500 million domestic threshold with $516.7 million, with the worldwide haul passing $1.7 billion

Avatar: The Way of Water is now the seventh highest-grossing film worldwide, behind Spider-Man: No Way Home ($1.91

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