James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water pulled in another $186.7 million from 52 international markets over the holiday weekend for a $1.38 billion global gross so far. Its total international box office now stands at an estimated $956.9 million and will cross a billion early this week.
The Way of Water is Disney’s first post-pandemic billion-dollar film and only the second film from any distributor to break a billion dollars at the offshore box office since the pandemic hit, joining Spider-Man: No Way Home ($1.1 billion international). The Avatar sequel also recently passed Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as the 15th highest-grossing film of all time.
In its second week in theaters, Joel Crawford’s Puss in Boots managed to scratch up another $16.3 million at the domestic box office for distributor Universal, bringing its North American total to $61.2 million. That was a 35% improvement over the film’s slow domestic opening weekend which was hampered by brutal weather.