Whether it was because it had spent too much time at the top of the box office or a "better" film just finally came along, Avatar: The Way of Water has finally abdicated its throne after eight long weeks. The replacement? M. Night Shyamalan's latest thriller, Knock at the Cabin.
The post-apocalyptic thriller, which stars Dave Bautista, Jonathan Groff, and Ben Aldridge, made more than $21 million at the global box office in its first weekend, eclipsing its $20 million budget just like that.
Coincidentally, another horror film knocked a blockbuster hit off its spot at this time last year. As Spider-Man: No Way Home enjoyed its run, the Scream reboot slashed its way to the top. In general, horror films have done reasonably well at the box office throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Going back to the topic of Knock at the Cabin, it's highly unlikely that the film will be making as much money next weekend. Horror films usually have the biggest drops from week to week compared to other genres. In addition to this, a re-release of Titanic for its 25th anniversary and Magic Mike's Last Dance are both expected to dominate the box office when they both premiere this weekend starting on February 10.
What's more interesting is if Avatar: The Way of Water will regain the top spot for at least one more time.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will premiere on February 17, which means that the box office take of Avatar 2 will likely drop down drastically to the point that it might be pulled off from theaters.