This weekend also finds director James Cameron competing with himself, as “Titanic” returns to theaters in remastered 4K 3D to celebrate its 25th anniversary, and “Avatar: The Way of Water” just keeps swimming in its ninth weekend of release. The two Cameron films are currently vying for third place on the list of all-time highest-grossing movies, with “Titanic” holding onto it for now, but “The Way of Water” threatening to bump it down to No. 4 in the coming weeks. Variety reports that it was a tight race over the Super Bowl weekend, with the “Avatar” sequel remaining at No. 2 with a weekend total of $6.9 million, and “Titanic” close behind with 6.4 million.
The arrival of “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” next weekend is expected to blow everything else out of the water, but “Magic Mike’s Last Dance” makes for pretty solid counter-programming, and the big-screen spectacle of “Titanic” and “Avatar: The Way of Water” will probably continue to draw modest audiences. Then things are going to get really weird in the last weekend of the month, when comedy-thriller “Cocaine Bear” arrives in theaters. Who will win in a fight between ants, a coked-up bear, male strippers, and blue aliens? The people watching the fight, probably.