Puss in Boots: The Last Wish arrived at the holiday table on Wednesday with an opening-day domestic box office haul of $3.2 million, which is being negatively impacted by poor weather across the nation.
Puss in Boots 2, a Shrek spinoff, debuted at No. 2 on Tuesday, easily holding off Avatar: The Way of Water at No. 1 with $14.3 million.
James Cameron’s Avatar 2 from Disney and 20th Century ended the day with a domestic gross of $182.9 million. The movie has been very successful this week, earning the second-best Wednesday in 2022. The block made an additional $39.5 million overseas, bringing its global total to $609.7 million and its foreign total to $426.8 million.
The Way of Water is anticipated to take total control of the Christmas movie season, while DreamWorks and Universal’s Puss in Boots 2 aim to appeal to families. The movie had an A CinemaScore, indicating positive word-of-mouth.
Tracking prior to release indicated that The Last Wish might scrape together $30 million to $35 million over the six-day holiday (Wednesday–Monday), but what are being described as a historic series of storms may deter moviegoers during what is typically a busy period for theaters.
Puss In Boots: The Last Wish has so far debuted in 25 international markets and brought in close to $14 million. This weekend sees the opening of 28 more markets, among them China, Mexico, Spain, and Germany.