Make it six weeks in a row at the top of the box office charts for “Avatar: The Way of Water,” which took in another $19.6 million at North American theaters this weekend, according to industry estimates released Sunday.
James Cameron’s sequel to his 2009 blockbuster — which also crossed the $2 billion mark globally — beat out “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish,” which grossed $11.5 million Friday through Sunday in its fifth week of release, Comscore reported.
The horror comedy “M3GAN” took in $9.8 million in its third week.
The thriller “Missing” opened in fourth place with $9.3 million, followed by “A Man Called Otto” with $9 million in its fourth week.
Rounding out the top 10 domestic releases, as estimated by Comscore, were “Plane” ($5.2 million), “House Party” ($1.7 million), “That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime the Movie: Scarlet Bond” ($1.45 million), “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” ($1.39 million) and “The Whale” ($1.28 million).
This weekend’s overall three-day box office haul was estimated at $73.9 million. The year-to-date total is $477.8 million — an increase of 47% over the figure at this time last year, according to Comscore.