For the fourth week in a row an animated feature has held the top spot.
The obvious prediction that Disney would win the weekend with their latest animated offering came true. Despite also being available on streaming (for a ludicrous price of thirty bucks!) Raya and the Last Dragon not only grabbed first place, it led a weekend where three new films placed in the top five, and the box office saw a steady bump in attendance.
This Week in Box Office History.
The box office grew again. For the second weekend in a row, revenue was up and the total box office take was over twenty million dollars. This week saw a jump of 15%, a solid expansion after last week’s gigantic 166% leap. While the lion’s share went to the Mouse, the top four films all finished over the million dollar mark. In fact, the top two films both finished over six million dollars, which is the first time this has happened in a whole year.
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Top Three Films.
Raya and the Last Dragon came in first place with eight and a half million dollars. Figures for online sales are not available, but Disney’s choice may have cost them a 10 million dollar opening: theater chains such as Cinemark refused to show the film because Disney would not renegotiate revenue splits.
Warner Brothers, who did renegotiate their rates after going digital on HBO Max, took second place with Tom and Jerry. The film dropped over 50% week-on-week, but still pulled down a respectable 6.6 million, for a running total of 23 million.
Chaos Walking limped into third place, not surprising given that it has not enjoyed a strong critical reception. Audiences seemed more inclined to give it a passing grade, however. It took in 3.7 million dollars against a hundred million dollar budget.
Boogie landed just outside the top three with 1.2 million dollars in earnings. This basketball drama written, directed, and starring Eddie Huang was also available on streaming, which may have let a little air out of its ball.
Top Ten Films