With New York City theaters slowly reopening, Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon debuted in the top spot at the domestic box office with an estimated $8.6 million from 2,045 locations. In addition to its theatrical release, the film is also available on Disney+ with Premier Access in most markets where the streaming service is operational.
Raya and the Last Dragon is a hit with audiences, receiving an A CinemaScore and a 95% Certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The Walt Disney Animation Studios title should benefit from spring break periods throughout March and April.
Raya and the Last Dragon also brought in $17.6 million from 32 international markets to take its worldwide sum to $26.2 million. The top overseas markets are China ($8.4 million), Russia ($2.8 million), Australia ($1.2 million), and Korea ($1 million). Next weekend, the movie will open in Hong Kong and Croatia.
The film features a voice cast including Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina, Izaac Wang, Gemma Chan, Daniel Dae Kim, Benedict Wong, Jona Xiao, Sandra Oh, Thalia Tran, Lucille Soong, Alan Tudyk, Gordon Ip, Dichen Lachman, Patti Harrison, Jon “Dumbfoundead” Park, Sung Kang, Sierra Katow, Ross Butler, François Chau and Paul Yen.
Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada directed Raya and the Last Dragon, while Paul Briggs and John Ripa co-directed. Qui Nguyen and Adele Lim wrote the screenplay.
From Warner Bros. Pictures, Tom & Jerry dropped a spot to second place with $6.6 million at the domestic box office and has grossed $23 million after two weeks. Like Raya and the Last Dragon, Tom & Jerry is also available on WarnerMedia’s own streaming service HBO Max, though at no extra charge.
Internationally, Tom & Jerry brought in $5 million and is up to $34.3 million, for a global total of $57.3 million. The top overseas markets are China ($14.9 million) and Russia ($5.7 million).
Tom & Jerry was directed by Tim Story from a script by Kevin Costello. It is based on characters created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera.
Opening in third place was Lionsgate sci-fi adaptation Chaos Walking, which took in an estimated $3.8 million from 1,980 theaters. Internationally, the film took in $2.6 million from overseas markets including Australia, Mexico and South Korea.
Receiving a B CinemaScore, Chaos Walking is based on the book The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. It was directed by Doug Liman from a script by Ness and Christopher Ford. The film stars Daisy Ridley, Tom Holland, Mads Mikkelsen, Demián Bichir, Cynthia Erivo, Nick Jonas, Kurt Sutter, and David Oyelowo.
Focus Features also released the drama Boogie, which brought in $1.2 million from 1,252 theaters in the fourth spot. The film, which received a C+ CinemaScore, is acclaimed writer, producer and restauranteur Eddie Huang’s directorial debut.
Boogie is the coming-of-age story of Alfred “Boogie” Chin, a basketball phenom living in Queens, New York, who dreams of one day playing in the NBA. The movie stars Taylor Takahashi, Taylour Paige, Pamelyn Chee, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Alexa Mareka, Mike Moh, Perry Yung, and Pop Smoke.
Rounding out the top five was DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods: A New Age (Universal Pictures), which in its 15th week in theaters added $780,000 and has grossed $53.6 million in North America. Internationally, the hit animated sequel has grossed $104.07 million and the worldwide total is now at $157.68 million.
The film was directed by Joel Crawford and features the voices of Nicolas Cage, Catherine Keener, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Clark Duke, Cloris Leachman, Peter Dinklage, Leslie Mann, and Kelly Marie Tran.