Disney’s animated superhit movie Raya and the Last Dragon has led the domestic box office to its third weekend. The movie is illustrating the appeal of family films as Hollywood is trying to get back to the moviegoing revival.
Raya and the Last Dragon has garnered $5.2 million from 2,261 theaters through Sunday. It has represented only a scant 5% decline. This comes after the reopening of Los Angeles movie theaters for the movie to hold in ticket sales. The theatre was given permission to resume its operations on March 12. However, most of the film exhibitors were unable to get up and running up until now.
The capacity in the Los Angeles area movie theaters will be capped at 25%. This is double the limit in New York where it is restricted to only 50 people. Even with the restrictions put in place, Los Angeles accounted for nearly 9% of all movie tickets sold this weekend.
A senior media analyst with Comscore revealed that this weekend showed solid results from holdovers. This demonstrated the review generating horsepower of opening the biggest box-office market in North America. “Eager movie fans in Los Angeles showed up in solid numbers to enjoy the big screen experience once again.”
AMC theaters are the cinema chain with the biggest footprint in the country and have reopened in 98% of its locations. This includes 40 venues in California. Raya and the Last Dragon gained another $8 million overseas from 29 countries. The movie is also available to Disney Plus subscribers for an additional $30 and has garnered $71 million globally to this date.
Although there was no competition for the movie, the Disney superhit movie was able to easily repeat No.1 in North America. Two other movies, The Courier and City of Lies also opted for a theatrical release. The Courier, a Cold War drama led by Benedict Cumberbatch and Rachel Brosnahan, landed in third place with $2 million from 1,433 locations. Directed by Dominic Cooke, the movie premiered at last year’s Sundance Film Festival (with the title ‘Ironbark’) to mostly positive reviews. Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate, the film’s backers, reported strong turnout in Salt Lake City, Orlando, and Dallas.
Meanwhile, Johnny Depp’s City of Lies, a crime drama about corruption in the LAPD, mostly fell flat. The poorly reviewed film cinched 11th place on box office charts, scraping together $275,049 from 501 screens.