Disney’s fantasy-adventure Raya and the Last Dragon stayed atop the chart in its third outing, falling a mere 5 percent to $5.2 million as L.A. theaters roared back to life over the weekend in a needed boost for Hollywood and ravaged theater owners.
Raya‘s domestic total is now at $23.4 million for a global total of $71.2 million.
The Disney title was hardly the only movie seeing a narrow decline, or even a boost, although the big test will come when new major studio products open over the next two weekends in North America, including Nobody — which opened to a promising $2.6 million from four overseas markets this weekend — and Godzilla vs. Kong.
Exhibitors and distributors are predicting a relatively slow recovery as vaccines continue to roll out, and as more indoor cinemas flip on the lights in Los Angeles and New York, the two biggest moviegoing markets in the country. Regal Cinemas, the country’s second-largest chain, remains closed because of restrictive capacity issues — or 25 percent — in both markets, while a number of smaller cinemas including ArcLight remain dark as well.
Most of California is now open, although much of Canada remains off-limits to cinemas.
Elsewhere on the domestic box office chart, Tom & Jerry fell just 7 percent to $3.8 million in its fourth weekend for a domestic total of $33.7 million and $77.2 million globally. The family pic, from Warner Bros., placed No. 2.
Benedict Cumberbatch’s new adult drama The Courier, from specialty distributor Roadside Attractions, launched in third place with $2 million. Lionsgate’s Chaos Walking placed fourth with $1.9 million for a domestic total of $9.7 million, while The Croods: A New Age rounded out the top five with $620,000 (globally, Croods 2 has crossed the $160 million mark for Universal).
A number of Oscar best picture contenders such as Judas and the Black Messiah, A Promising Young Woman and more got a bump following last week’s nominations.
The Father (Sony Pictures Classics) made the top 10 with $321,701 for a domestic total of $970,000.
Minari (A24) is reporting a weekend tally of $306,000 for a domestic total of $1.4 million.
Judas and the Black Messiah (Warner Bros.) earned $250,000, an uptick of 53 percent over the previous weekend for a domestic tally of $5 million.
A Promising Young Woman (Focus Features) was up 117 percent after grossing $195,000. The film’s domestic tally is $5.7 million.
Searchlight isn’t reporting grosses for Nomadland, while A24 and Sony Classics hadn’t previously given out numbers for Minari and The Father, respectively.