After earning the highest grossing Tuesday of 2022 with $24.1M, 20th Century Studios/Disney/Lightstorm’s Avatar: The Way of Water also notched the best Wednesday of the year yesterday with $20.4M beating Top Gun: Maverick‘s June 1 take of $14.8M, and Avatar 2‘s first Wednesday of $14.4M. At a running total of $337.9M through 13 days, the James Cameron directed, Jon Landau produced sequel is pacing 1% ahead of Top Gun: Maverick at the same point in time.

All-in global for Wednesday is $70.4M, with a $1.1 billion running worldwide total, which is the No. 1 global release of 2022 behind Top Gun: Maverick‘s $1.48 billion. It’s also the third best release of the pandemic era after Spider-Man: No Way Home‘s $1.9 billion and Top Gun 2.

Universal/DreamWorks Animation’s Puss in Boots: The Last Wish saw its second Wednesday at $5.8M, +82% from its opening day a week ago. Through eight days, the Joel Crawford-directed, Januel Mercado co-directed title stands at $38.7M.

Disney/Marvel Studio’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever won’t stop with $1.5M yesterday, +69% from a week ago, for a running total of $431.4M, currently the second highest grossing movie of the year stateside behind Top Gun: Maverick‘s $718.7M.

Fourth belonged to Tri-Star/Compelling Pictures/Black Label Media’s I Wanna Dance With Somebody with $1.17M yesterday, -25% from Tuesday for a running six day total of $9.47M.

Paramount’s Babylon made an estimated $784K in day 6, -22% from Tuesday’s $1M. The Damien Chazelle directed pic’s running total stands at $6.6M.



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