Movie theaters in New York City opened for the first time since March 2020 this weekend, giving New Yorkers a chance to see a few of the films that were only available outside the state during the ongoing health crisis. This weekend’s box office totals prove that many would-be moviegoers are waiting to be vaccinated before hitting the theater and that a full recovery is a long way off.
Disney’s “Raya and the Last Dragon” topped the domestic chart with an $8.6M opening across 2,045 locations. The studio released the film on Disney+ as a premium release to offset the cost of delaying the film, but the platform did not confirm any totals. Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada directed the animated-comedy, featuring the voice talents of Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina, Gemma Chan, Daniel Dae Kim, Benedict Wong, Sandra Oh, Lucille Soong, and Alan Tudyk.
Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Tom & Jerry” dropped to second-place with a $6.6M weekend at 2,563 locations. Like Disney, Warner Bros. Pictures also released the film on their streaming service, but did not charge a premium fee. The film’s two-week total now sits at $23M domestically and $53M worldwide. Tim Story directed the movie, starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Michael Pena, Rob Delaney, Colin Jost, and Ken Jeong.
“Chaos Walking,” from Lionsgate, made $3.8M at 1,980 locations domestically and $6.4M worldwide. Doug Liman directed the sci-fi drama, starring Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley, and Demián Bichir. Focus Features’ “Boogie” debuted in fourth-place with a $1.2M opening weekend in 1,252 locations. Eddie Huang wrote and directed the drama, starring Taylor Takahashi, Pamelyn Chee, and Jorge Lendeborg Jr.
“The Croods 2,” from Universal Pictures, dropped to fifth-place overall with a $780K weekend across 1,604 locations. After fifteen weeks in theaters, the animated-comedy has made $53.6M domestically and $157.6M worldwide. Joel Crawford directed “The Croods: A New Age,” which features the voice talents of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman, Clark Duke, Leslie Mann, Peter Dinklage, and Kelly Marie Tran.