After five weeks on screens, the feature film December 23 continues to do well at the box office. It was the third most-watched film in Quebec over Christmas and New Year’s weekends, after the sequel to Avatar and Puss in Boots: The Last Wish.

With gross receipts totaling $1,859,458 as of January 1, the film is poised to smash two million at the box office.

The romantic Christmas comedy directed by Miryam Bouchard, which stars Virginie Fortin, François Arnaud, Catherine Brunet, Stéphane Rousseau, Michel Barrette, Guylaine Tremblay and Christine Beaulieu, drew more people over Christmas Day weekend. ‘An than during Christmas.

She raised $81,392 on December 23, 24 and 25 and $103,902 on December 30, 31 and January 1.

Last December 21, December 23 became the most watched Quebec film in 2022 with 1.4 million in Quebec box office revenue.

At the end of the line, screenwriter India Desjardins simply cannot believe this difficult to predict success.

“We thought it was to come down after Christmas, but it goes back. I was not expecting that at all. It’s unexpected and it’s crazy. People are talking about it and they are going to see it. It warms the heart, ”she said in a telephone interview.

One billion for Avatar 2

The screenwriter receives a lot of messages from the public, whether through social networks and on the street.

“People write to me and stop me in the street to tell me all kinds of great deals. I’ve been told a lot about people staying in the room during the end credits and clapping their hands around the Beau Dommage song. I received so many beautiful messages,” she remarked.

India Desjardins recalls that she has supported this project for a long time, that there have been many obstacles and that she is simply happy to see such a great response from the public.

“It’s fun. I wanted to make a bright film after the two pandemic Christmases where we could not get together as a family, ”she added.

Avatar: The Way of the Water is still at the top of the Quebec box office with gross receipts of 10,142,776 as of January 1, 2023. We find then, in second place, Black Panther: Long Live Wakanda with receipts of 5 $234,371). The feature film December 23 comes in third place.

James Cameron’s film smashed a billion dollars in revenue, in 14 days, on a planetary scale.

For the third installment, which is set to launch in December 2024, the director will introduce a villainous Na’vi tribe into the Pandora universe. What he confirmed in the French publication 20 Minutes.

“I want to show the Na’vi tribe from another angle. We have only seen, until now, their beautiful sides. We will explore new worlds and evolve the story,” he said.

Between January 30 and January 1, the second part of Avatar by James Cameron ($1,819,107), Puss in Boots: The Last Wish ($346,045), December 23 ($103,902), Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody ($76,138) and Black Panther: Long Live Wakanda ($64,180) were the most popular films.

Then there is Babylon ($47,017), Avalonia: A Strange World ($37,096), O Violent Night ($22,212), The Whale ($20,303) and the Tempest ($20,028).