Overcoming lousy reviews, Tom and Jerry found themselves at the front of the pack.
For most of last year, indie horror movies kept the box office afloat. In recent months, cartoons have taken over that job. First the Croods held sway for an incredible three month period. Now the mantle is passed to Tom and Jerry. It will be interesting to see how long they can keep it.
This Week in Box Office History.
The box office got a nice jolt of energy, nearly all of it coming from the cat and mouse. Off the strength of T&J’s 14 million dollar opening, the box office was up 155% compared to last weekend. Only two movies were over the one million dollar mark, both of animated features.
Next week Disney pushes Raya and the Last Dragon out into wide release, so I expect the current trend to continue with possibly all three top spots taken by cartoons.
Top Film One Year Ago: The Invisible Man.
Top Film Ten Years Ago: Rango.
Top Three Films.
Tom and Jerry overcame poor critical ratings (26% on Rotten Tomatoes, not much better on Metacritic) and day-and-date digital release on HBO Max. Despite the hurdles, they easily cleared first place with just over fourteen million dollars domestically. They added an additional 25 million dollars from overseas markets. That should help put a dent in the 79 million dollar budget.
The Croods – A New Age got demoted to second place. They continue to rack up solid earnings, however, now topping 52 million dollars at home and 156 million dollars worldwide.
The Little Things remained in third place, just falling under the one million dollar mark. It still has a ways to go to make back its 30 million dollar budget.
The only other new release close to the top ten was Crisis, and opioid drama starring Gary Oldman and Evangeline Lilly. It slotted in in eleventh place with 190 thousand dollars, showing at 216 locations.
Top Ten Films