‘Avatar 2’ tops $2 billion worldwide

(AFP) – “Avatar 2: The Way of the Water” continues to engulf the North American box office and is now part of the very exclusive club of films that have exceeded 2 billion dollars in revenue worldwide, according to provisional figures on Sunday from the specialist firm Exhibitor Relations.

With 19.7 million dollars in receipts this weekend (Friday to Sunday) in the United States and Canada (compared to 31 million last weekend), James Cameron’s film dominates the rankings for the sixth consecutive week .

The film earned nearly 598 million dollars in North America, and 1.43 billion in the rest of the world to exceed the symbolic bar of 2 billion dollars.

Only six films have reached it in history, including three by the Canadian filmmaker (“Avatar”, “Avatar 2” and “Titanic”).

The highly anticipated sequel to the 2009 sci-fi blockbuster is set more than a decade after the events of the first film and set in an aquatic space.

For its fifth weekend in theaters, “Puss in Boots 2: The Last Quest” took second place with $11.5 million. In this children’s film from the universe of the “Shrek” saga, the feline embarks on an epic adventure to restore its nine lives.

In third place (9.8 million dollars) we find the thriller “M3GAN”, the story of a frightening robot doll originally designed to be the ideal companion for a little orphan.

Newcomer, “Missing: Ominous Disappearance,” by Nick Johnson and Will Merrick, lands in fourth place with $9.3 million, ahead of “The Worst Neighbor in the World,” starring Tom Hanks, which recorded $9 million .

Here is the rest of the Top 10:

6 . “Mayday” (5.3 million)

7 . “House Party” (1.7 million)

8 . “Me When I’m Reincarnated as a Slime” (1.5 million)

9. “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” (1.4 million)

10. “The Whale” (1.3 million)