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Raya and the Last Dragon tops North American box office

Published : 14 Mar 2021, 23:19

  DF News Desk

Still of Disney's animated action-adventure film "Raya and the Last Dragon." Photo: Disney via Xinhua.

Disney's animated action-adventure film "Raya and the Last Dragon" stayed atop the North American box office chart in its second weekend with 5.5 million U.S. dollars from 2,163 theaters between Friday and Sunday, according to studio figures collected by measurement firm Comscore, reported Xinhua.

Directed by Don Hall and Carlos Lopez Estrada, the film inspired by Southeast Asian culture and set in the fantasy land of Kumundra, follows a young girl who sets off on a perilous journey to find the legendary last dragon to help unite her fractured land and save her divided people from an ancient evil force that threatens them all.

"Raya and the Last Dragon" features a predominantly Asian American voice cast led by Kelly Marie Tran and Awkwafina. The film is also available on Disney's digital streaming service, Disney+, for an extra 30 dollars to subscribers.

"Raya and the Last Dragon" has grossed 15.8 million dollars in North America as only 49 percent of all theaters in the region are currently open.

The film also took in 11.5 million dollars from overseas markets this weekend, pushing its global cume to 52.6 million dollars to date.

According to the box office data compiled by Maoyan, a Chinese movie-ticketing and film data platform, "Raya and the Last Dragon" has earned more than 94.9 million yuan (around 14.5 million dollars) on the Chinese mainland to date.

Warner Bros.' animated film "Tom and Jerry" remained second with 4.07 million dollars from 2,454 locations this weekend. The film has grossed 28.15 million dollars after three weeks of release in North America for a worldwide total of 66.9 million dollars to date.

Directed by Tim Story, the film based on the iconic cartoon characters is an eye-popping blend of classic animation and live action. The cat and mouse battle flares up again when Jerry moves into New York City's finest hotel on the eve of "the wedding of the century," forcing the event's desperate planner to hire Tom to get rid of him.

In third place, Lionsgate's sci-fi film "Chaos Walking" brought in 2.25 million dollars from 1,995 locations in its second weekend for a North American total of 6.91 million dollars.

Directed by Doug Liman and starring Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland, this film follows a young man who lives in a dystopian world where there are no women and all living creatures can hear each other's thoughts in a stream of images, words, and sounds called "Noise."

Focus Features' drama film "Boogie" came in fourth with 730,000 dollars from 1,272 locations in its second weekend for a North American cume of 2.27 million dollars.

Directed by Eddie Huang in his directorial debut, the film follows a Chinese-American basketball player in Queens, New York, who struggles to balance the pressure from his parents to go to a good college over chasing his NBA dreams.

Universal and DreamWorks' animated family film "The Croods: A New Age" finished fifth with 520,000 dollars from 1,440 locations in its sixteenth weekend for a North American total of 54.3 million dollars.

The film has grossed 158.6 million dollars worldwide to date.

Helmed by Joel Crawford in his feature directorial debut, "The Croods: A New Age," with a reported budget of 65 million dollars, features the voice talent of returning stars, including Nicolas Cage, Catherine Keener, Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds.

The sequel to the 2013 original film follows the prehistoric Crood family who sets off into the world in search of a safer place to live and meets another family that's a couple of steps above the Croods on the evolutionary ladder.