Avatar 2 has finally been dethroned from the top spot at the box office

The Sully family must adapt to the ways of the Metkayina clan in Avatar: The Way of Water.  (20th century studios)

The Sully family must adapt to the ways of the Metkayina clan in Avatar: The Way of Water. (20th century studios)

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish has finally ended Avatar: The Way of Water’s seven-week run atop the UK box office.

The animated sequel took in £5 million in its opening weekend, well above Avatar’s £1.3 million. The opening weekend of Puss in Boots was more than double that of the first film, which came out in 2011 and was nominated for an Oscar.

Read more: Puss director responds to Eddie Murphy’s digs

M Night Shyamalan’s Knock at the Cabin premiered at number three, grossing just under £1 million, while Bollywood hit Pathaan continued to do well at number four on its way to becoming the highest grossing Indian film of all time in the UK to become.

Puss In Boots: The Last Wish (Universal/Dreamworks)

Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek play Puss in Boots and Kitty Softpaws. (Dreamworks)

Starring Shah Rukh Khan, the action film became the first Indian film to earn more than £3 million at the UK box office.

Rounding out the top 5 was Gerard Butler’s Plane in its second week of release. The well-received actor has grossed over £2 million in the UK.

Starring Antonio Banderas as the titular cat, The Last Wish sees Puss lose eight of his nine lives and attempt to restore them by finding a wishing star.

Salma Hayek Pinault also voices Kitty Softpaws while Florence Pugh stars as Goldilocks starring Olivia Colman and Ray Winstone as Mama and Papa Bear.

Puss In Boots: The Last Wish (Universal/Dreamworks)

Puss In Boots: The Last Wish (Universal/Dreamworks)

It’s the first movie in the Shrek universe since the first Puss in Boots movie over a decade ago.

Eddie Murphy recently said he would be open to a new Shrek movie or a spin-off centered around his character Donkey.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Murphy said, “I’d be absolutely open to it if they ever came up with another Shrek, I’d do it in two seconds. I love Donkey.”

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He also seemed to have a shot at Puss: “You know, they made movies with Puss. I was like, ‘They should have made a Donkey movie. Donkey is funnier than Puss in Boots.’ I mean, I like Puss, but he’s not as funny as the donkey.’

In response to Murphy, Puss In Boots: The Last Wish director Joel Crawford told Yahoo, “Oh, classic ass.”

“It’s so funny because that’s so typical of Donkey and Puss in Boots.

“They both always go after each other for who gets Shrek’s appreciation.”

Watch: Joel Crawford talks to Yahoo about Eddie Murphy’s Donkey dig

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