Box Office: 'Tom & Jerry' Shows Claws With $13.7M Bow

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The live-action/CGI hybrid scored the second-best domestic opening of the entire pandemic as families turned out to watch the feature adaptation of the iconic feline and mouse frenemies.

Tom & Jerry made a number of friends at the weekend box office with a North American debut of $13.7 million from 2,475 theaters and a global total of $38.8 million through Sunday.

Domestically, the feature film about the iconic alley cat and pesky mouse who are frenemies scored the second-best three-day launch of the pandemic behind fellow Warner Bros. release Wonder Woman 1984 ($16.7 million), and of 2021, as more cinemas reopen across the country.

The strong debut of the family pic — at least in the COVID-19 era — is a good sign for Hollywood as New York City theaters prepare to open on March 5 (Los Angeles remains closed). It's also a win, at least in the short term, for Warners' policy of opening its 2021 titles simultaneously in theaters on HBO Max.

Roughly half of the country's cinemas remain closed, according to best estimates.

Directed by Tim Story and based on the cartoon characters of the same name created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, Tom & Jerry's live-action cast is led by Chloë Grace Moretz.

Family products dominated the chart. Universal and DreamWorks Animation's The Croods: A New Age fell just 30 percent even with competition from Tom & Jerry. Croods 2 grossed $1.2 million in its 14th outing from 1,1912 locations for a domestic haul of $52.4 million and $156.2 million globally.

The competition for kids will heat up further when Disney debuts Raya and the Last Dragon on March 5 both in cinemas on Disney+ for a $30 upcharge.

Disney and Pixar's Soul has crossed $100 million at the foreign box office — it was only available on Disney+ in the U.S. — for a total of $111.7 million in ticket sales.

More to come.