Tom & Jerry Scores Second-Best Opening Weekend During Pandemic
According to Deadline, Warner Bros.’ day and date release of Tom & Jerry pulled in $13.7M at 2,475 theaters, which was enough to put it at No. 2 on the list of best openings during the pandemic. Wonder Woman 1984’s $16.4M opening in December currently holds the crown, but with more theaters opening it’s likely we’ll see a steady increase in box office receipts. Globally, Tom & Jerry collected $38.8M, which is pretty good considering the current situation and also considering the Tim Story-directed family pic released simultaneously on HBO Max.
Critics weren’t too kind to the latest big-screen Tom & Jerry feature with only 25% of critics giving the film a positive review. Audiences, however, were much kinder and awarded the film an 82% on RT out of 250+ reviews and an A- Cinemascore. The hope, per Deadline, is that Tom & Jerry will enjoy a similar run to that of The Croods: A New Age, which crossed $52.3M this week in the United States and $156M worldwide.
Rounding out the Top 5 were holdovers The Little Things with $925K ($12.9M total) in its fifth weekend, Wonder Woman 1984 with $710K ($43.6M total) in Week 10 and The Marksman with $700K ($12.3M total) in Week 7.
The big movie to see over the weekend for international audiences was the time travel comedy Hi Mom, which earned 345M ($53.2M) over the weekend to lift its total to a staggering 4.82B RMB ($744M) making it the No. 3 biggest title ever in the Middle Kingdom. Maoyan is predicting an RMB 5.21B ($804M) finish for Hi Mom which would move it up to the No. 2 all-time slot.
Detective Chinatown 3 earned another RMB 128M ($19.8M) to bring its total to a colossal RMB 4.32B ($667M). That total propels DC3 into the Top 5 all-time list, bumping off Avengers: Endgame. It also means there are no U.S. titles on China’s all-time list.
DC3 climbed to $35M at the Imax box office, 5.2% of the movie’s $667M China box office total to-date and is on pace to surpass 2019’s NE ZHA ($35.2M) to become the 2nd highest grossing local language title ever released in Imax.
Alibaba’s A Writer’s Odyssey earned $1.6M at the Imax box office, 13% of the nationwide weekend total for the movie, raising its cume to $7.8M, nearly 6% of the $139M nationwide cume.
Aniplex/Toho’s Demon Slayer also added $302K, lifting its Imax total to $27M.
This weekend finds Lionsgate’s Chaos Walking and Disney’s Raya & The Last Dragon releasing across the Imax global network.
BOX OFFICE TOP 10
1.) Tom & Jerry (WB) 2,475 theaters, 3-day: $13.7M/Wk 1
2.) The Croods: A New Age (Uni) 1,912 theaters (-1), 3-day: $1.2M (-30%)/Total: $52.3M/Wk 14
3.) The Little Things (WB) 1,853 theaters (-208), 3-day: $925K (-23%)/Total: $12.9M/Wk 5
4.) Wonder Woman 1984 (WB) 1,534 theaters (-110)/3-day: $710K (-12%)/Total: $43.6M/Wk 10
5.) The Marksman (Open) 1,414 theaters (-229)/3-day: $700K (-10%)/Total: $12.3M/Wk 7
6.) Judas and the Black Messiah (WB) 1,350 theaters (-556), 3-day: $500K (-45%)/Total: $4.1M/Wk 3
7.) Monster Hunter (Sony) 1,238 theaters (-73) 3-day: $460K (-12%)/Total $14M/Wk 11
8.) Land (Focus) 1,349 theaters (+98)/3-day: $355K (-29%)/Wk 3
9.) Nomadland (Searchlight) 1,200 theaters (+25), 3-day: $333K (-33)/Total $1.1M/Wk 4
10.) News of the World (Uni) 992 theaters (-169), 3-day: $200K (-17%)/Total: $11.96M/Wk 10