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World Box Office February 6 to 12, 2023

Channing Tatum’s Magic Mike’s Last Dance grooved its way to the top of the box office. In the traditionally slow Super Bowl weekend, the female-skewing movie, supposed to be Tatum’s final outing as a lap-dancing stripper, earned only $8.2 million.

The third installment, directed again by Steven Soderbergh after he skipped Magic Mike XXL (although he did the editing and cinematography), narrates how Mike, broke following a business deal gone bad, meets and impresses a rich woman, Maxandra Mendoza (Salma Hayek), who offers him a tempting London opportunity.

Tatum and Hayek are joined by Jemelia George and Ayuk Khan-Din as Maxandra’s daughter and butler/valet, respectively. Also in the cast of the Warner Bros. comedy-drama originally planned as an HBO Max offering are Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Adam Rodriguez, Kevin Nash and American ballerina Kylie Shea.

After slipping to third in the previous weekend, Avatar: The Way of Water climbed back to second place with a $6.9 million haul.

James Cameron took the third spot with Paramount’s 25th anniversary reissue of his Titanic, prompting another round of declarations that he is king of the (box office) world again. The Leonardo DiCaprioKate Winslet blockbuster was a close third place with $6.4 million.

Two films, which occupied the first and second berths when they bowed in the previous weekend, slid down.

80 for Brady, the true story inspired film about senior ladies who are rabid fans of NFL superstar Tom Brady, dropped to fourth with $6 million.

Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno, Sally Field and Lily Tomlin, playing friends who attend the Super Bowl to meet Brady, top the cast also featuring Patton Oswalt, Jimmy O. Yang, Billy Porter, Bob Balaban, Harry Hamlin, Sally Kirkland and Brady as himself.

Exhibiting a long life, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish still made it to the magic five even after eight weekends. Picking up $5.5 million, the animated movie sequel voiced by Antonio Banderas in the title role has earned a total of $158.4 million to surpass the original’s $149 million domestic cume.

From number one when it opened in the previous weekend, M. Night Shyamalan’s Knock at the Cabin drastically tumbled to the sixth spot. The Dave Bautista-Rupert Grint-Jonathan Groff horror-thriller could only scrape $5.5 million.

Comprising the rest of the top ten were, in order, Tom HanksA Man Called Otto, $2.63 million; Missing, $2.6 million; M3GAN, $2.37 million; and Gerard Butler’s Plane, $1.185 million.

Overseas, Cameron also reigned. With another $18.9 million gross from international ticket sales, The Way of Water reached $1.57 billion offshore total for a worldwide cume of $2.214 billion.

The Titanic re-release, on the other hand, generated $15.9 million in over 50 territories. That increased the 1997 romance drama epic’s worldwide take to $2.217 billion.

With Avatar 2’s global total now at $2.213 billion, box office pundits predict that it will eclipse Titanic as the third biggest all-time worldwide champion.

Offshore, Avatar 2 has already beaten Titanic as the third-biggest international hit ever.

Magic Mike’s Last Dance debuted with $10.4 million in more than 40 markets.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever opened in China to $12 million.

Speaking of the world’s biggest movie market, Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is expected to liven up the box office when it premieres globally on February 17 with a day and date release in China.