Audiences hold back, even as more movie theatres open

AP – Theatres re-opening in New York City this weekend did not set the box office on fire. North American theatrical grosses stayed relatively muted, despite some major new releases like Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon and Lionsgate’s Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley action flick Chaos Walking according to studio estimates on Sunday.

Walt Disney Animation’s Raya and the Last Dragon earned an estimated USD8.6 million from 2,045 locations in North America. The well-reviewed fantasy adventure, featuring the voices of Awkwafina and Kelly Marie Tran, is also available for Disney+ subscribers to rent and stream at home for USD29.99. Streaming grosses were not reported.

Warner Bros Tom & Jerry which is available to stream free for HBO Max subscribers, brought in USD6.6 million from 2,563 North American theatres in its second available weekend.

Last weekend the animated film scored the best domestic opening of the year with USD13.7 million.

Chaos Walking, meanwhile, debuted with USD3.8 million. The future set film from Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman cost around USD100 million to make.