Weekend Box Office Report: March 12 – 14, 2021

The weekend box office report is provided by Daniel Garris, courtesy of BoxOfficeReport.com.

Weekend Estimates Update:

Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon remained in first place at the box office after taking in an estimated $5.50 million in its second weekend. The critically acclaimed computer animated film from Walt Disney Animation Studios held up very nicely this weekend by declining 35 percent from last weekend’s debut. Raya and the Last Dragon was helped out this weekend by its strong critical reviews and strong word of mouth (the film received a strong A rating on CinemaScore), as well by playing in 118 more locations this weekend than last weekend (for a total of 2,163 locations) and by not facing any new direct competition for family audiences this weekend.

The ten-day total for Raya and the Last Dragon stands at $15.84 million. While that is 31 percent behind the recent ten-day start of Tom & JerryRaya and the Last Dragon held up much better in its second weekend than Tom & Jerry did (the latest estimates place the second weekend decline of Tom & Jerry at 54 percent) and should continue to make up ground in the comparison with Tom & Jerry going forward. With next weekend’s highest profile new release being Roadside’s The CourierRaya and the Last Dragon shouldn’t have a problem leading the box office for a third consecutive frame. Percentage holds in general could also be stronger next weekend than they were this weekend thanks in part to more theatres re-opening throughout parts of California (including Los Angeles). Internationally, Raya and the Last Dragon grossed an estimated $11.5 million this weekend from 44 markets. Through Sunday, respective totals for the film stand at $36.8 million internationally and $52.6 million globally.

Warner’s Tom & Jerry held steady in second place this weekend with an estimated $4.08 million. That represented a 37 percent decline (which places last weekend’s performance at roughly $6.47 million). While Tom & Jerry clearly stabilized this weekend on the heels of last weekend’s sharp second weekend decrease; at the same time the film still declined a bit more than had widely been expected. In the bigger picture, Tom & Jerry has grossed a healthy $28.15 million through 17 days, which already makes the film the fourth highest grossing film domestically since theatres re-opened back in August (behind only TenetThe Croods: A New Age and Wonder Woman 1984). Impressively, the 17-day take for Tom & Jerry is 16 percent ahead of the $24.31 million grossed by The Croods: A New Age during its first 19 days (The Croods: A New Age was a midweek opener and slowed 31 percent in its third weekend to gross $3.06 million). The New York Metro market remains the top DMA market for Tom & Jerry. Internationally, Tom & Jerry took in an estimated $2.6 million this weekend from 38 markets. Respective totals for the film through Sunday stand at $38.7 million internationally and $66.9 million globally. Tom & Jerry will open in additional international markets this coming week, including Japan and Saudi Arabia.

Lionsgate’s Chaos Walking grossed an estimated $2.25 million to remain in third. The pricey young adult sci-fi film declined 40 percent, which is a very solid second weekend hold, especially given that films aimed at similar target audiences are typically quite front-loaded. The ten-day total for Chaos Walking stands at $6.91 million. That is 21 percent ahead of the $5.72 million ten-day start of last year’s Come Play (which declined a similar 43 percent in its second weekend to gross $1.79 million). Internationally, Chaos Walking grossed an estimated $1.6 million this weekend. That brings the film’s international total to $5.0 million and global total to $11.9 million.

Focus’ Boogie also had a nice second weekend hold to continue to claim fourth place. The sports drama grossed an estimated $0.73 million, which was down 39 percent. This weekend’s hold suggests that Boogie is going over better with audiences than the film’s C+ rating on CinemaScore would indicate. Boogie, which has performed especially well in recently re-opened New York City theatres, has grossed a respectable $2.28 million through ten days.

Universal and DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods: A New Age grossed an estimated $0.52 million to round out the weekend’s unchanged top five. The Croods: A New Age declined a solid 34 percent from last weekend. Through 110 days, The Croods: A New Age has grossed an estimated $54.30 million. After taking in an estimated $0.22 million internationally this weekend, respective totals for The Croods: A New Age stand at $104.4 million internationally and $158.7 million globally.

Open Road and Briarcliff’s The Marksman declined a very slim 7 percent from last weekend to gross an estimated $0.47 million. The Marksman continued to benefit from strong word of mouth this weekend and from playing in 55 more locations than it did last weekend. The 59-day total for The Marksman stands at $13.60 million. Also of note is that unofficial estimates for Flyhigh’s Telugu-language film Jathi Ratnalu place the film in a very close race with The Marksman for sixth place this weekend. Since opening on Wednesday, Jathi Ratnalu has grossed an estimated $0.70 million from just 130 locations.

Meanwhile, Warner’s Wonder Woman 1984 and The Little Things each grossed an estimated $0.40 million this weekend. Wonder Woman 1984 declined a slim 20 percent from last weekend, while The Little Things was down just 27 percent. To date, Wonder Woman 1984 has grossed $44.95 million domestically (through 80 days) and $119.1 million internationally for a global total of $164.1 million. The Little Things has grossed has grossed $14.23 million domestically (through 45 days) and $12.7 million internationally for a global total of $27.0 million.

In other box office news, Sony’s Long Weekend debuted with just an estimated $0.25 million from 814 locations. Long Weekend preformed similarly to previous Stage 6 films from Sony since the re-opening of domestic theaters. And while official estimates weren’t released for the film this weekend, unofficial estimates for Sony Pictures Classics’ The Father place the awards season hopeful just ahead of Long Weekend (and behind Wonder Woman 1984 and The Little Things) in this weekend’s rankings.

On the limited front, Excel Entertainment and Purdie Distribution’s Lamb of God: The Concert Film and Faith Media Distribution’s Dutch were both off to noteworthy starts this weekend. Lamb of God: The Concert Film took in an estimated $0.150 million from 104 locations for a solid per-location average of $1,442, while Dutch grossed an estimated $0.136 million from 202 locations for a per-location average of $671.

Last, but certainly not least, Disney and 20th Century’s Avatar took back the all-time global box office record from Disney’s Avengers: Endgame after Avatar received a re-issue in China this weekend. Avatar grossed an estimated $21.1 million in China this weekend, including $6.2 million from IMAX screens (representing 29 percent of this weekend’s overall gross). This weekend’s re-issue brings the lifetime global total for 2009’s Avatar to $2.811 billion; in comparison to the $2.797 billion lifetime global total for Avengers: EndgameAvatar also has the highest all-time global IMAX gross with a current lifetime total of $249.5 million. James Cameron’s long-awaited Avatar 2 is currently scheduled to be released domestically by Disney and 20th Century on December 16, 2022.

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