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22 March 2021

LOS ANGELES: Disney's animated action-adventure film "Raya and the Last Dragon" won the North American box office for a third straight weekend with US$5.15 million from 2,261 theatres 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 US$30 to subscribers.

"Raya and the Last Dragon" has grossed US$23.43 million in North America as around 51 per cent of all theatres in the region are currently open. As another addition to the box office boost, theatres in Los Angeles, the largest metropolitan movie market in the United States, are reopening this week after the most populous county in the country moved into the red tier, the less restrictive tier of California's four-tier system.

The film also took in US$8 million from overseas markets this weekend, pushing its global total to US$71.2 million 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 113 million yuan (around US$17.3 million) on the Chinese mainland to date.

Warner Bros.' animated film "Tom and Jerry" came in second with US$3.83 million from 2,508 locations in its fourth weekend. The film's North American total is now at US$33.68 million for a global cume of US$77.2 million.

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.

Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate's historical drama film "The Courier" opened in the third place with US$2.01 million from 1,433 locations this weekend.

Directed by Dominic Cooke and starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel Brosnahan and Merab Ninidze, the film tells the true story of an unassuming British businessman who helped the UK's MI-6 penetrate the Soviet nuclear programme in an effort to provide crucial intelligence needed to prevent a nuclear confrontation and defuse the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Lionsgate's sci-fi film "Chaos Walking" landed in the fourth place with US$1.92 million from 2,132 locations in its third weekend for a North American total of US$9.69 million.

Directed by Doug Liman and starring Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland, the 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."

Showing endurance at the box office, Universal and DreamWorks' animated family film "The Croods: A New Age" finished fifth with US$620,000 from 1,411 locations in its 17th weekend for a North American total of US$55.2 million.

The film has grossed US$160 million worldwide to date.

Helmed by Joel Crawford in his feature directorial debut, "The Croods: A New Age," with a reported budget of US$65 million, 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. - Bernama


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