‘Knock at the Cabin’ leads ‘Avatar’ sequel at box office

For the first time in nearly two months, the box office is not owned by blue people.

Afterward seven weeks is the top movie in theaters“Avatar: The Way of Water” was finally knocked out of No. 1 by M. Night Shyamalan’s thriller “Knock at the Cabin” and the 80-year-old comedy “80 for Brady.”

Knock at the Cabin, an apocalyptic family invasion thriller, usurps James Cameron’s 3-D sci-fi epic with $14.2 million in ticket sales in US and Canadian theaters. , according to studio estimates on Sunday. The Universal The released photos feature Dave Bautista as one of four strangers approaching a family on vacation in a country bungalow.

The opening to “Knock at the Cabin” comes along awkwardly with some of Shyamalan’s recent releases. His last film, 2021’s “Old,” about a beach that ages those who visit it rapidly, debuted with $16.9 million and ultimately grossed $90.1 million. all around the world. His 2019 film “Glass,” the third installment in the director’s “Unbreakable” trilogy, opened with $40.3 million and is on track to gross $247 million worldwide. bridge. All of Shyamalan’s other films have opened higher than Knock at the Cabin.

But “Knock at the Cabin” still marks director Shyamalan’s seventh film to open at No. 1. With a modest $20 million budget, “Knock at the Cabin” should easily make a profit. The film, which garnered mostly positive reviews from critics (68% on Rotten Tomatoes), has grossed an additional $7 million internationally.

Taking second place was “80 for Brady,” a comedy about four friends (Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Rita Moreno, and Sally Field) taking a trip to the 2017 Super Bowl. It opened with a wish. 12.5 million dollars. Immediately after the announcement he retired from football (again)Tom Brady attends the movie premiere.

Paramount Pictures adopted a unique strategy when it released “80 for Brady.” While many movies have sought to capitalize on higher ticket prices through large-format or 3-D screenings or price increases, which movies like The Batman have tried, Paramount has gone in a different direction with 80 for Brady. The studio partnered with exhibitors, including the biggest theater chains, to play “80 for Brady” at a fraction of the price to help attract the majority of older audiences. (Half of ticket buyers are over 55 years old.)

It seems to work. At a time when comedies struggle to hit theaters, 80 for Brady (with a $28 million production budget) had one of the best live-action comedies openings in years. The discount will continue for the rest of the movie.

“Avatar: The Way of Water” slipped to number three with $10.8 million domestically in its eighth weekend. The film’s No. 1 record matches that of 2009’s “Avatar,” only two films by Cameron and his Titanic (1997) in the past four decades have enjoyed such sustained box office dominance.

“The Way of Water” continues to perform particularly well overseas, where $27.9 million this weekend has brought its global total to $2.17 billion. That puts it at the fourth-highest gross of all time; Cameron — with “Avatar” and “Titanic” — currently accounts for three of the top four.

“BTS: Yet to Come in Cinemas” grossed $5.1 million to land at number five. The film about BTS’s concert is taken from their October 2022 performance in Busan, South Korea — a farewell performance before the group began a two-year hiatus. It opened in 1,111 locations.

Ticket sales are estimated Friday through Sunday in theaters in the United States and Canada, according to Comscore. Final domestic figures will be released on Monday.

1. “Knock at the Cabin,” $14.2 million.

2. “80 for Brady,” $12.5 million.

3. “Avatar: The Way of Water,” $10.8 million.

4. “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish,” $8 million.

5. “BTS: Not Out yet,” $5.1 million.

6. “A Man Called Otto,” $4.2 million.

7. “M3gan,” $3.8 million.

8. “Missing,” $3.7 million.

9. “The Chosen Season 3 Finale,” $3.6 million.

10. “Pathaan,” $2.8 million.

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