While James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water is about to visit theatres, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is still dominating the US box office for the fifth week in a row.
Variety reports that Wakanda Forever is in first place at the box office during one of 2022’s lowest-earning weekends.
Wakanda Forever has already grossed $2.8 million from its Friday ticket sales, contributing to the estimated $38.5 million in ticket sales for all current theatrical releases over the course of three days.
Wakanda Forever has made a total of $401 million at the American box office since its November release;
it has now surpassed the total revenues for Thor: Love and Thunder and will shortly exceed Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness ($411 million).
With this, the Black Panther sequel will surpass Top Gun: Maverick as the year’s second-highest domestic release.
Sigourney Weaver and Stephen Lang, who plays Colonel Quaritch, are further returning cast members.
The sequel to Avatar, which allegedly cost between $350 million and $400 million to produce, is among the most costly movies ever created.
Cameron has said that The Way of Water will need to earn more than $2 billion worldwide to break even.