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February 28, 2021

US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office Report – 2.28.2021

 

OPENINGS:  TOM & JERRY (Warners, also on HBO Max) had a solid opening for this moment in time with $13.7M, an especially impressive number since the movie is available at no extra cost to anyone with an HBO Max subscription.  If Tom & Jerry can have the kind of sustained run that other family fare like The Croods: A New Age and The War Against Grandpa have had, it could accumulate a robust US total, and it should be helped by an increasing tide of theatre reopenings (NY is scheduled to return next week) if events stay on their current track.  In addition, Tom & Jerry earned $19.4M from 33 overseas markets, although that included a sluggish $12.3M from China, where local titles are hugely dominant.

HOLDOVERS:  The arrival of Tom & Jerry brought an end to the amazingly steady streak of THE CROODS: A NEW AGE (DreamWorks Animation/Universal), which dropped 30% to $1.2M in its 14th weekend, its worst week-to-week dip since December.  Nevertheless, it still has a fair chance of passing Tenet as the top US pandemic title.  Overseas, it’s at $103.7M.

THE LITTLE THINGS (Warners) ended its HBO Max window and lost 23% to $900K, on its way past $15M in the US.  It will hope for a Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe for Jared Leto to give it a bounce in the weeks ahead.  Overseas, it has $10.3M.

WW84 (Warners) was down 12% to $700K in its 10th weekend and it should top $45M in the US.  It’s at $117.4M overseas.

THE MARKSMAN (Open Road) slipped 11% to $700K in its 7th weekend and should reach $15M in the US.  It’s also earned $3.9M overseas.

Fueled by strong reviews and awards attention, NOMADLAND (Searchlight/Disney) gained 5% to $500K in its 2nd weekend of wide release, and it’s a frontrunner for major Golden Globes tonight.  It hasn’t yet opened overseas.

JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH (Warners, also on HBO Max) fell 45% to $500K in its 3rd weekend, and absent some significant awards, it isn’t likely to get much past $5M in the US, with overseas release pending.

MONSTER HUNTER (Screen Gems/Sony), which will finally reach VOD next week after 11 weeks of theatrical release, was down 12% to $500K, and should get past $15M in the US.  It has $12.8M overseas.

NEXT WEEKEND:  RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON (Disney) will follow the Mulan model, combining a release in theatres with super-premium availability through Disney+ at $30 a head.  There will be regular theatrical releases for CHAOS WALKING (Lionsgate) and BOOGIE (Focus/Universal).



About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on screened.com and the-burg.com. In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."




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