We're still not seeing pre-pandemic numbers, but with L.A. now open, the positive signs of a renewed box office are all there.
Disney's "Raya and the Last Dragon" retained the #1 slot for a third week with $5.2M. While the film's haul was 5% down from the previous weekend, ticket sales, especially in L.A., were up, leading analysts to view this as a positive sign of growth as theaters continue to reopen. This weekend, "Raya" star Kelly Marie Tran was even on hand to welcome Disney movie fans in L.A. back to the re-opened El Capitan Theatre.
Holdovers showed solid returns this weekend. Warner Bros' "Tom & Jerry" took the #2 spot with $3.8M, Lionsgates' "Chaos Walking" nabbed the #4 spot with $1.9M, and Universal's still strong winter contender "The Croods: A New Age" landed at #5 with $620K.
Roadside Attractions' "The Courier," starring Benedict Cumberbatch, was this week's major new release. The WWII spy thriller took in $2.01M and claimed the #3 spot. Other specialty releases fared well with the reopening of L.A., including Saban Films' much-delayed Johnny Depp drama "City of Lies" with $275K. Oscar nominated features "The Father," "Judas and the Black Messiah," and "Minari" also saw a box office bump with L.A. theaters reopened and following the award nomination announcements from earlier in the week.
Meanwhile in China, "Avatar" has regained the #1 All-Time Global spot over "Avengers: Endgame," and in the past 10 days has grossed more than $44M, beating the entire Chinese theatrical run of Disney's ravaged "Mulan," which topped out at $41M. Of course, since Disney owns all the mentioned movies, is the joke on them, or us?
Box Office Top Ten: Mar. 19-21
- "Raya and the Last Dragon" (Walt Disney) - $5,150,000 / lifetime: $23,432,606
- "Tom & Jerry" (Warner Bros) - $3,800,000 / lifetime: $33,700,000
- "The Courier" (Roadside) - $2,012,582 [New Release]
- "Chaos Walking" (Lionsgate) - $1,925,000 / lifetime: $9,693,633
- "The Croods: A New Age" (Universal) - $620,000 / lifetime: $55,244,578
- "Boogie" (Focus Features) - $600,000 / lifetime: $3,262,475
- "The Marksman" (Open Road) - $480,000 / lifetime: $14,268,447
- "Wonder Woman 1984" (Warner Bros) - $460,000 / lifetime: $45,560,000
- "The Little Things" (Warner Bros) - $340,000 / lifetime: $14,708,000
- "The Father" (Sony Classics) - $321,701 / lifetime: $969,640
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