Weekend Box Office Report: March 19 – 21, 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 took in an estimated $5.15 million this weekend to lead the domestic box office for a third consecutive frame. The critically acclaimed computer animated film from Walt Disney Animation Studios held up extremely well this weekend by declining a slim 10 percent from last weekend. Raya and the Last Dragon (and the marketplace as a whole) was helped out this weekend by theatres continuing to re-open throughout parts of California, including the long-awaited re-opening of theatres in Los Angeles (where Raya and the Last Dragon played at the El Capitan Theatre this weekend, among other theatres). Raya and the Last Dragon also continues to be helped out by its strong critical reviews, strong word of mouth and by not facing any new direct competition for family audiences. And with Sony’s recent decision to push back Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway to July 2, Raya and the Last Dragon now won’t face competition from a new animated film until June 4 when Universal and DreamWorks Animation’s Spirit Untamed enters the marketplace.

Through 17 days, Raya and the Last Dragon has grossed a promising $23.43 million. That already gives the film a current total gross to opening weekend ratio of 2.76 to 1. Raya and the Last Dragon is running just 17 percent behind the 17-day total of Tom & Jerry at this time last week and should continue to make up ground in the comparison with Tom & Jerry going forward. With Universal’s Nobody entering the marketplace this coming Friday, Raya and the Last Dragon is likely to fall to second place next weekend. Internationally, Raya and the Last Dragon grossed an estimated $8.0 million this weekend from 29 markets. Through Sunday, respective totals for the film stand at $47.8 million internationally and $71.2 million globally. Current total grosses for Raya and the Last Dragon by international market include $17.4 million in China, $9.1 million in Russia, $3.8 million in Australia, $2.3 million in South Korea and $2.1 million in Japan.

Also holding up very well this weekend was Warner’s Tom & Jerry. The computer animated / live-action hybrid grossed an estimated $3.84 million this weekend to remain in second place. Tom & Jerry was down a slim 7 percent from last weekend (which places last weekend’s performance at roughly $4.12 million). Making this weekend’s hold for Tom & Jerry even more impressive is that the film didn’t look to be holding onto its showtimes from last weekend to the same degree as Raya and the Last Dragon at many theatres this weekend. Tom & Jerry got a clear boost from the re-opening of Los Angeles theatres, as the Los Angeles market was the film’s top DMA market this weekend.

With a solid 24-day total of $33.69 million, Tom & Jerry is now just the fourth film to pass the $30 million domestic mark since the re-opening of theatres back in August (joining TenetThe Croods: A New Age and Wonder Woman 1984). Tom & Jerry continues to outpace The Croods: A New Age, as the 24-day total of Tom & Jerry is 24 percent ahead of the $27.11 million grossed by The Croods: A New Age through the end of its fourth weekend. Next weekend will mark the last weekend that Tom & Jerry is available on HBO Max (for now). Like Raya and the Last DragonTom & Jerry should hold up very well going forward. Internationally, Tom & Jerry grossed an estimated $4.0 million this weekend from 41 markets, including debuts of $1.7 million in Japan and $0.80 million in Saudi Arabia. Through Sunday, respective totals for Tom & Jerry stand at $43.5 million internationally and $77.2 million globally. Additional current total grosses for the film by market include $15.8 million in China, $7.5 million in Russia, $2.3 million in Mexico and $1.9 million in the United Arab Emirates. Tom & Jerry will be released in Spain this coming Friday.

Roadside Attractions’ The Courier outpaced its modest expectations to debut in third place this weekend with an estimated $2.01 million. The Dominic Cooke directed thriller set in the 1960s stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Merab Ninidze and Rachel Brosnahan. While it may not seem like a huge difference at first glance, a smaller wide release like The Courier opening with $2 million as opposed to closer to $1 million at this time is a healthy sign for the theatrical marketplace in general, especially when it comes to older moviegoers feeling more comfortable to return to theatres. The Courier played in 1,433 locations this weekend, which gave the film a solid per-location average of $1,404. Given that The Courier wasn’t getting as many opening weekend showtimes per location as most other recent wide releases, the film’s per-location average this weekend is another healthy sign for the overall marketplace going forward. The Courier looks to have been helped out this weekend by its strong critical reviews. Going forward, The Courier is likely to hold up well thanks in part to its strong reviews and to skewing heavily towards older moviegoers.

Continuing the trend of strong holds for holdovers this weekend, Lionsgate’s Chaos Walking was down one spot and 14 percent from last weekend to land in fourth with an estimated $1.93 million. Thanks in part to stronger than usual holding power for a young adult sci-fi film, the pricey Chaos Walking has grossed $9.69 million through 17 days. Chaos Walking is running 33 percent ahead of the $7.29 million 17-day gross of last year’s Come Play and will soon surpass the $10.48 million final reported total domestic gross of Come Play.

Universal and DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods: A New Age grossed an estimated $0.62 million to claim fifth place for a third consecutive frame. Thanks in part to this weekend’s theatre re-openings throughout parts of California, The Croods: A New Age was up a terrific 15 percent over last weekend. The 117-day total for the film stands at $55.24 million, as The Croods: A New Age remains the second highest grossing film domestically since the re-opening of theatres. After taking in an estimated $0.32 million internationally this weekend, respective totals for The Croods: A New Age stand at $104.8 million internationally and $160.0 million globally.

Focus’ Boogie was close behind in sixth place with an estimated $0.60 million. Boogie was down two spots and just 23 percent from last weekend. Like Chaos WalkingBoogie has been holding up better than expected thus far and has grossed an estimated $3.26 million through 17 days as a result. That gives the film a healthy current total gross to opening weekend ratio of 2.72 to 1.

Estimated grosses for other holdovers this weekend included $0.48 million for Open Road and Briarcliff’s The Marksman, $0.46 million for Warner’s Wonder Woman 1984 and $0.34 million for fellow Warner Bros. release The Little Things. All three films were helped out by this weekend’s theatre re-openings, as The Marksman was up 6 percent over last weekend, Wonder Woman 1984 increased 15 percent and The Little Things decreased only 15 percent. Respective total grosses stand at $45.56 million for Wonder Woman 1984 through 87 days, at $14.71 million for The Little Things through 52 days and at $14.27 million for The Marksman through 66 days. The Marksman has been holding up especially well throughout its run, as that film has a current total gross to opening weekend ratio of 4.60 to 1.

As for Academy Award nominees for Best Picture that reported estimates this weekend, Sony Pictures Classics’ The Father took in $0.322 million (from 933 locations), A24’s Minari grossed $0.306 million (from 786 locations), Warner’s Judas and the Black Messiah claimed $0.250 million (from 951 locations) and Focus’ Promising Young Woman registered $0.195 million (from 831 locations). Respective total grosses stand at $5.72 million for Promising Young Woman, at $5.02 million for Judas and the Black Messiah, $1.40 million for Minari and $0.97 million for The Father.

In international news, Disney and 20th Century’s re-issue of Avatar in China continued to impress with an estimated $14.1 million this weekend. That brings the re-issue total of Avatar in China to $44.0 million. To date, the re-issue of Avatar has grossed $13.1 million from IMAX screens (including $4.1 million this weekend), which represents 30 percent of the film’s overall re-issue gross. All-time record holding lifetime grosses for Avatar currently stand at $2.0732 billion internationally, $2.8337 billion globally and at $256.0 million globally from IMAX screens (which is included in the film’s overall global total). James Cameron’s long-awaited Avatar 2 is currently scheduled to be released domestically by Disney and 20th Century on December 16, 2022.

Meanwhile, Universal’s Nobody started out its international run with an estimated $2.64 million from just 4 markets. Debuts by market this weekend for Nobody included $1.25 million in Russia, $0.98 million in Saudi Arabia and $0.39 million in the United Arab Emirates. Nobody will open domestically this coming Friday in an estimated 2,400 locations. Upcoming international release dates for the film include Thursday, April 1 in Australia and Wednesday, April 7 in South Korea.

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