Holiday Box Office Preview: ‘Avatar 2’ Expected to Hold Top Spot as Several New Films Hit Theaters

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Universal sends in DreamWorks’ “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” while Paramount takes a gamble with “Babylon”

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Avatar: The Way of Water” will get most of the box office riches and scrutiny this Christmas weekend as it continues its push to $1 billion and beyond. But in its shadow, several other films will try to draw the attention of moviegoers, including a DreamWorks animated movie, a Whitney Houston biopic, and a polarizing period film from an Oscar-winning director.

Studios will report this Christmas period as a four-day weekend considering that Christmas Eve, which falls on a Saturday, tends to be a slow day for moviegoing that gets made up for by strong traffic on the following two days.