Full speed ahead: ‘Avatar’ sequel again dominates box office

For a third week running, “Avatar: The Way of Water” has dominated the box office and is still going strong.

The long-awaited “Avatar” sequel by James Cameron made approximately the same amount over the holiday weekend ($63 million), as it had the week before, bringing in more than $400 million domestically and $1.3 billion globally. Just behind the original “Black Panther,” “The Way of Water” is already the 15th-highest global release of all time.

According to data supplied by Comscore on Sunday, “Avatar” outperformed the second-place finishers, Universal’s “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” and Disney’s “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” which together earned around $16 million and $4.8 million, respectively.

In its second week of distribution, the Sony biopic “Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody” brought in $4.2 million. Despite receiving five Golden Globe nominations, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie’s historical epic “Babylon” didn’t improve its box office performance. The Paramount film only made $2.7 million in its second week, a 24% decline, and only $815 per site on average. In contrast, the latest “Avatar,” a production of 20th Century Studios, brought in more over $15,000.