Box Office: “Raya and the Last Dragon” repeats No. 1 for $ 5.5 million
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By Rebecca Rubin
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – Disney’s animated adventure “Raya and the Last Dragon” stayed victorious at the domestic box office, raising $ 5.5 million across 2,163 venues over the weekend.
Those ticket sales, which represent a 35% decrease on the second weekend release, bring the grand total to $ 15.8 million domestically. “Raya and the Last Dragon” generated a further US $ 36 million at the international box office for a worldwide shipment of US $ 52.6 million. The family movie is also available to rent from Disney Plus, the company’s streaming service, for an additional $ 30 fee.
In traditional times, cinema operators would likely refuse to show a film that is also streamed online. But there are few new releases these days, and film exhibitors are happy to offer what they can to their customers. Many are optimistic that a revival in cinema attendance could be in sight, as Los Angeles theaters have been given permission to reopen for the first time in nearly a year. Few LA-based venues have been able to resume operations at such short notice, but some are planning to start selling tickets again this coming weekend. New York cinemas across the country are once again welcoming new visitors, meaning the country’s two largest film markets are back in business after a brutal, bleak 12 months.
In Hollywood and beyond, many hope that the reopening of theaters in NYC and LA will encourage studios to bring out their greatest films. 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 offers have been a popular draw. Warner Bros. ‘ The live-action animated hybrid “Tom and Jerry” took second place, grossing $ 4 million from 2,454 locations on the third weekend of release. Starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Colin Jost, and Michael Pena, the film made $ 28 million in North America. It’s also streamed on HBO Max at no additional cost to subscribers.
In third place, Lionsgate’s “Chaos Walking” grossed $ 2.25 million from 1,995 theaters. In total, the science fiction thriller starring Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland earned $ 6.9 million. Internationally, the film added $ 1.5 million from 33 countries, bringing the total overseas to $ 5 million.
“Boogie,” a Focus Features drama, ranked fourth for $ 730,000 in 1,272 locations. The Queens basketball prodigy film, written and directed by chef and writer Eddie Huang, has a 2.2 to date Earned millions of dollars. “The Croods: A New Age” rounded out the top 5 and grossed $ 520,000 with 1,440 screens. The Universal Animated Adventure, which debuted in theaters last November, has amassed $ 54.3 million domestically.
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