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Box office: Raya and the Last Dragon stays at the top in second weekend with $5.5 million

By Josh Weiss
Raya and the Last Dragon

Disney's latest offering, Raya and the Last Dragon, remained at the top of the North American box office this weekend with an extra $5.5 million in domestic ticket sales, Variety confirmed Sunday. After two outings thus far, the film's Stateside currently stands at $15.8 million. Internationally, the animated fantasy feature has made $36 million for a global total of $52.6 million. Not too shabby when you consider the fact that Raya is also available to stream on Disney+ for a "Premier Access" fee of $29.99.

The theatrical industry in the U.S. and Canada is still on the slow road to recovery as the COVID-19 pandemic starts to give up its hold on the globe. But the fact that audience members are willing to see a movie on the big screen rather than stream it at home is a hopeful sign that the in-person theatrical experience isn't completely dead as some predicted. Fortunately, venues in crucial, at-home markets (mainly New York and California) are starting to open back up with limited capacity after a year of no business. It's definitely promising for studios like Disney and Paramount, which hope to release box office juggernauts like Black Widow and A Quiet Place Part II this spring/summer.

Chaos Walking, which debuted against Raya last weekend, fell slightly in its second frame with an added $2.25 million in domestic revenue. The sci-fi project's North American total now stands at $6.9 million. Ironically, it's performed better in North America when contrasted to overseas markets, which have usually fared much better during the health crisis. Chaos Walking has only made $1.3 million from 33 countries, bringing its worldwide draw to $5 million.

Following its expectation-shattering bow three weekends ago, Warner Bros.' Tom & Jerry raked in another $4 million, boosting its North American cache to $28 million. Again, it's a rather impressive feat when the film (directed by Fantastic Four vet Tim Story) is currently available to stream on HBO Max. In markets abroad, Tom & Jerry has clawed its way to $34 million for a global haul of about $62 million. At this rate, the release will soon break even on its estimated $79 million production budget.

Of course, a box office roundup wouldn't be complete without a mention of The Croods: A New Age, which remained in the Top 5 by continuing its impressive, 16-week run with an extra $520,000 domestically. DreamWorks' animated sequel currently has $54.3 million in North America and nearly $160 million worldwide.

As we reported Saturday, James Cameron's Avatar took back its box office crown as the highest-grossing film in history from Avengers: Endgame.

(DreamWorks Animation & SYFY WIRE are both owned by NBCUniversal)