Universal Pictures and Blumhouse’s PG-13 rated killer A.I. doll film “M3GAN” is on track to generate $17-20 million in North American theaters in its opening weekend.
Considering the darkly comedic horror film’s tight $12 million budget, that’s an excellent start for the film. In addition, it has been buoyed by 100 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes that have it sitting at a highly impressive 95% (7.2/10) score.
James Cameron’s “Avatar: The Way of Water” is expected to still reign at the top of the charts for a fourth consecutive weekend, with that film expected to decline around 50% and a three-day haul of around $30-35 million.
The first of the four planned “Avatar” sequels has grossed $446 million in North America thus far to be the second-highest-grossing domestic release of 2022, and the highest-grossing overseas and worldwide release of 2022.
“Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” with $8 million, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” with $2.8 million and “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” with $2.4 million are expected to round out the top five.
Long-range forecasts suggest “M3GAN” will be the sole new opener above $10 million for a month, with films like “Plane,” “Missing,” the “House Party” remake and “80 for Brady” all expected to come in under that. Combined with the reviews, it suggests the film could have legs.
There seemingly won’t be another decent-sized opening weekend until February 3rd, when M. Night Shyamalan’s “Knock at the Cabin” debuts with very early projections for that coming in just above $20 million.