Raya and the Last Dragon repeats No 1 with US$5.5 million

Hopes of movie-going revival swell as theatres in LA, NYC reopen

Published Tue, Mar 16, 2021 · 05:50 AM

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DISNEY'S animated adventure Raya and the Last Dragon remained victorious at the domestic box office, collecting US$5.5 million from 2,163 venues over the weekend.

Those ticket sales, representing a

35 per cent decline in its second weekend of release, push its overall total to US$15.8 million domestically.

Raya and the Last Dragon has generated another US$36 million at the international box office for a global haul of US$52.6 million.

The family film is also available to rent on Disney+, the company's streaming service, for an extra US$30 fee.

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In traditional times, movie theatre operators would likely refuse to showcase a film that is also streaming online. But these days, new releases are few and far between and film exhibitors are happy to offer customers what they can.

Many are optimistic that a movie-going revival could be on the horizon because theatres in Los Angeles were given permission to reopen for the first time in nearly a year. Few LA-based venues were able to resume operations on such short notice, but several plan to begin selling tickets again next weekend.

Across the country, New York City movie theatres are newly allowed to welcome patrons again, meaning the country's two biggest movie markets are back in business after a brutal, desolate 12 months.

In Hollywood and beyond, many are hoping the reopening of theatres in NYC and LA will encourage studios to put out their biggest movies.

Disney's Black Widow and Paramount's A Quiet Place Part II are some of the anticipated titles slated for May.

In the meantime, family offerings have been a popular draw. Warner Bros' live-action-animated hybrid Tom and Jerry nabbed second place, pulling in US$4 million from 2,454 locations in its third weekend of release. The film, starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Colin Jost and Michael Pena, has made US$28 million in North America. It is also streaming on HBO Max at no extra cost to subscribers.

In third place, Lionsgate's Chaos Walking brought in US$2.25 million from 1,995 theatres. In total, the sci-fi thriller with Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland has made US$6.9 million. Internationally, the film added US$1.5 million from 33 countries, bringing its cumulative overseas total to US$5 million.

Boogie, a drama from Focus Features, landed at No 4 with US$730,000 from 1,272 locations. The film, about a Queens basketball prodigy that was written and directed by chef and author Eddie Huang, has made US$2.2 million to date.

The Croods: A New Age rounded out the top five, earning US$520,000 from 1,440 screens. The Universal animated adventure, which debuted theatrically last November, has amassed US$54.3 million domestically. REUTERS

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