Disney’s latest animated film continues to dominate the box office for a third week in a row.
The shape of the box office was in little doubt this week. Raya and the Dragon faced only light opposition from one new wide release, The Courier. This thriller starring Benedict Cumberbatch failed to scratch the top three spots, the second thriller this year to have a lackluster opening, after The Little Things. Animated films continue to be the big winners in early 2021.
This Week in Box Office History.
We got nearly an identical result this weekend as compare to last, despite last week lacking a wide release feature. The box office was up 3% from last week, and was up a comical 400,000 percent compared to last year. Of course last year we had just entered Covid-19 lock-down (or as close as the US came to full lock-down) and only three movies had any kind of theatrical presence.
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Raya and the Last Dragon continues to deliver for Disney, but it appears to be losing steam. It took down 5 million dollars in first place, bringing its running total to 23 million dollars in the US. While it did beat Tom and Jerry out for overall position, Tom and Jerry has actually taken ten million dollar more domestically, with just one extra week in release. It also was available digitally, setting up an interesting comparison. Tom and Jerry was available on HBO Max for no added fee; Raya costs 30 dollars in addition to a Disney+ membership. Perhaps, despite the price disparity, the popularity of D+ steered folks towards streaming instead of heading to theaters.
Tom and Jerry took second place, adding another 3.8 million dollars to their total domestic haul of 33 million dollars.
Chaos Walking took in close to 2 million dollars in third place. The Tom Holland/Daisy Ridley science fiction flick has yet to crack the 10 million dollar mark. It has a long way to go to make back its 100 million dollar budget.
Our newest wide release landed at the fourth spot. The Courier likewise took in just shy of two million dollars in the US, and also launched with half a million dollars in foreign sales.
Those looking for an Oscar bump have scant prospects. Every film nominated for a major category is available on some form of streaming, save The Father and Minari. Surprise surprise, The Father finished in 10th place and Minari finished in 11th. While this was a jump up for Minari, it was a step backwards for The Father.
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