Following a week of good news for the industry, from the announced re-opening of NYC theaters this week, to last night's awkwardly "Zoomed" Golden Globes, the box office finally saw some life over the weekend. Warner Bros.' new kid-friendly adaptation "Tom & Jerry" handily nabbed the #1 spot with $13.7M – the second-best opening since the start of the pandemic.
Impressive as this is, it's even more so considering "Tom & Jerry" debuted on HBO Max the same weekend. Warners' dominance over the box office will likely come to an end this weekend, as Disney is set to debut their own kid-friendly animated feature "Raya and the Last Dragon." Much like "Tom & Jerry," Disney's toon will roll out to theaters and hit Disney+ the same day for a premium VOD price. While Disney was mum back in September when they tried this strategy with "Mulan," the Mouse House could find more success this time around, with a less controversial title, NYC theaters back up and running, and an audience whose cinematic appetite is whetter than ever.
For those following the box office in recent weeks, "Tom & Jerry's" success should not come as too much of a surprise, as Universal's kid-friendly Thanksgiving hit "The Croods: A New Age" was finding similar rebirth as it reclaimed the number one spot in the past two weeks. "Croods 2" has been finding similar success at home as it continues to top the VOD charts. This week, the 14-week-old animated sequel slid to #2 with $1.2M.
Rounding out the top five is WB's crime drama "The Little Things" with $925K, DC's superhero sequel "Wonder Woman 1984" with $710K, and Open Road's Liam Neeson thriller "The Marksman" with $700K. The full Box Office Top Ten is below.
Box Office Top Ten: Feb. 26-28
- "Tom & Jerry" (Warner Bros) - $13,710,000 [New Release]
- "The Croods: A New Age" (Universal) - $1,210,000 / lifetime: $52,385,385
- "The Little Things" (Warner Bros) - $925,000 / lifetime: $12,900,000
- "Wonder Woman 1984" (Warner Bros) - $710,000 / lifetime: $43,600,000
- "The Marksman" (Open Road) - $700,000 / lifetime: $12,345,425
- "Nomadland" (Searchlight) - $528,000 / lifetime: $1,031,000
- "Judas and the Black Messiah" (Warner Bros) - $500,000 / lifetime: $4,100,000
- "Monster Hunter" (Screen Gems) - $460,000 / lifetime: $14,004,118
- "Land" (Focus Features) - $355,000 / lifetime: $2,124,005
- "News of the World" (Universal) - $200,000 / lifetime: $11,964,590
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