Disney’s ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ No. 1 on U.K. Home Entertainment Chart

Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon ranked No. 1 in its debut on the Official Film Chart in the U.K. May 26 following its release on DVD & Blu-ray Disc — more than doubling the sales of its closest competition.

In the film, viewers find themselves in a re-imagined world named Kumandra, where humans and dragons once lived together before sinister monsters threatened the land and the dragons sacrificed themselves for humanity. More than 500 years later the monsters, known as Druun, have returned, and it’s up to a young warrior named Raya (Kelly Marie Tran) to track down the last dragon and stop them for good.

At No. 2, live action worlds collide in Warner’s Tom & Jerry, which makes a strong first-week performance on digital downloads only, while Wonder Woman 1984 moved down one spot to No. 3.

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The previous week’s No. 1 The Little Things dropped to No. 4, landing just ahead of Keanu Reeves in ’90s action classic Speed, which sped up 27 spots to No. 5 following to a new release on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Peter Rabbit rose four spots to No. 6, and former chart topper Zack Snyder’s Justice League (Warner) fell four spots to No. 7.

Shark attack thriller Great White made its debut at No. 8, while Godzilla: King of the Monsters rose six spots to No. 9. Finally, Spider-Man: Far From Home rounded off the week at No. 10.

The Official Film Chart Top 10 – May 26, 2021

Rank Previous Week Title Studio
1 New Raya and the Last Dragon Disney
2 New Tom & Jerry Warner
3 2 Wonder Woman 1984 Warner
4 1 The Little Things Warner
5 32 Speed 20th Century
6 10 Peter Rabbit Sony Pictures
7 3 Zack Snyder’s Justice League Warner
8 New Great White Altitude Spirit
9 15 Godzilla: King of the Monsters Warner
10 5 Spider-Man: Far From Home Sony Pictures

© Official Charts Company 2021

Merchandising: ‘Raya’ Exclusives Arrive at Target, Best Buy

A couple of retailers offered exclusives for Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc upon its release May 18.

Target offered a $34.99 gift set with exclusive box art and collectible lithographs featuring illustrations by production designer Paul Felix.

Best Buy offered its typical Steelbook edition for the Raya 4K Blu-ray, also at $34.99. The disc also qualified buyers for Best Buy’s promotion to get the first month of a Philo subscription for $1.

Best Buy’s’s ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ 4K Steelbook

Prior to its May 18 release on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray by Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution, Raya had become available for digital purchase April 2 following its debut in theaters and via Premier Access with an added charge for subscribers to the Disney+ streaming service.

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On May 18, Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution announced a partnership with AsianBossGirl on a “Weekend of Raya” event on Saturday, May 22, and Sunday, May 23. Coinciding with Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the partnership will honor and highlight the cultures of Southeast Asia as well as the AAPI artists and filmmakers that helped to bring the film to life. Weekend activities include:

  • A retelling of Raya’s epic adventures as told in the “Raya and the Last Dragon” Little Golden Book will be adapted as a Southeast Asian shadow puppet performance and by Girl Tales, a podcast that features strong female characters in reimagined fairytales. Fans can watch the shadow play on the Disney Movies YouTube channel and stream the podcast during the weekend.
  • An Instagram cooking demonstration hosted by Omsom co-founders and sisters Vanessa and Kim Pham along with Raya and the Last Dragon star Kelly Marie Tran. The virtual cooking class can be viewed on Instagram (@omsom) on May 22, at 11 a.m. PDT.
  • A step-by-step cooking demo with Pepper Teigen, who will be whipping up a batch of coconut pancakes, a family favorite from her New York Times Bestseller The Pepper Thai Cookbook. The video will be available on Instagram (@pepperthai2) the morning of Saturday, May 22.

‘Raya and the Last Dragon,’ ‘Tom & Jerry,’ Oscar Winners ‘The Father,’ ‘Minari’ Arrive on Disc May 18

Disney’s animated fantasy Raya and the Last Dragon leads the list of titles heading to Blu-ray Disc and DVD May 18, a week that also sees the disc releases of Warner’s Tom & Jerry, as well as Oscar winners The Father from Sony Pictures, and Minari from Lionsgate.

The computer-animated adventure fantasy Raya and the Last Dragon will be available on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray from Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution. It was previously released for digital purchase. In the film, long ago, in the fantasy world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. But when sinister monsters known as the Druun threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, those same monsters have returned and it’s up to a lone warrior, Raya, to track down the last dragon in order to finally stop the Druun for good. However, along her journey, she’ll learn that it’ll take more than dragon magic to save the world — it’s going to take trust as well. The film features the voices of Kelly Marie Tran as the lead character Raya and Awkwafina as Sisu, the last dragon. It earned more than $46 million at the domestic box office. Home video extras include a new Disney animated short called Us Again.

The live-action/animation hybrid family comedy Tom & Jerry is available on Blu-ray and DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. It was previously released for digital purchase and was available on HBO Max simultaneously as its $45.2 million domestic theatrical run. In the film, the iconic mouse Jerry moves into New York City’s finest hotel on the eve of “the wedding of the century,” forcing the event’s desperate planner (Chloë Grace Moretz) to hire Tom to get rid of him. The ensuing cat and mouse battle threatens to destroy her career, the wedding and possibly the hotel itself. But soon, an even bigger problem arises: a diabolically ambitious staffer conspiring against all three of them.

The drama The Father, which earned Anthony Hopkins a Best Actor Oscar, becomes available on DVD and Blu-ray from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The film, nominated for a total of six Academy Awards, also earned an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. It was previously released for digital purchase. In The Father, a man (Hopkins) refuses all assistance from his daughter (Olivia Colman) as he ages. As he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind and even the fabric of his reality.

Minari debuts on DVD and Blu-ray Disc (plus digital) from Lionsgate. The film won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Yuh-jung Youn, as well as the Golden Globe for Best Foreign-Language Film. Minari, which stars Steven Yeun, Yeri Han, Alan Kim, Noel Kate Cho and Will Patton, follows a Korean-American family that moves to an Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother.

Lionsgate releases the crime thriller Above Suspicion Blu-ray Disc and DVD release May 18. Directed by Phillip Noyce (Clear and Present Danger) and written by Chris Gerolmo (Mississippi Burning), the film is based on the true story of one of the most notorious crimes in FBI history. Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”) stars as Susan Smith, a young woman desperate to escape a seedy life of crime and drugs in a Kentucky coal mining town. When a newly minted FBI agent named Mark Putnam (Jack Huston, “Boardwalk Empire”) recruits Susan as his informant for a high-profile case, she believes her bad luck may finally be changing. But as Susan and Putnam’s relationship deepens, so does the danger, setting them both on a collision course with deadly consequences. Read a review here.

The Bruce Willis starrer Cosmic Sin will come out on DVD May 18 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Willis and Frank Grillo star in the sci-fi adventure set in the year 2524, four hundred years after humans started colonizing the outer planets. Retired military general James Ford (Willis) is called back into service after soldiers on a remote planet are attacked by a hostile alien fleet. The threat against the human race escalates into an inevitable interstellar war. Gen. Ford teams up with Gen. Eron Ryle (Grillo) and a team of elite soldiers in a race to stop the imminent attack before it is too late.

Shout! Factory in conjunction with IFC Films releases The Nest, an atmospheric drama from director Sean Durkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene) about how obsession with social status can lead to disaster. The film follows the story of an ambitious British entrepreneur and former commodities broker named Rory (Jude Law, Sherlock Holmes) who persuades his American wife Allison (Carrie Coon, The Leftovers) and their children to leave the comforts of suburban America and return to his England. Sensing opportunity, Rory rejoins his former firm and leases a centuries-old country manor, where he plans to build a stable for Allison’s horses. Soon the promise of lucrative new beginnings begins to unravel, and the couple must face the unwelcome truths lying beneath the surface of their marriage. It is available on Blu-ray and DVD.

Shout! Studios on May 18 will debut The Prince’s Voyage, from venerable French animator Jean-François Laguionie (The Painting, Cannes Palme d’Or winner Rowing Across the Atlantic) and Xavier Picard (“King Arthur and the Knights of Justice”). Available for the first time on North American home entertainment shelves, the film will be issued in a two-disc Blu-ray combo pack (Blu-ray and DVD) with bonus content including an interview with Laguionie and Picard as well as a study of the ice flow sequence. The film  will also be available digitally.

Independent distributor Wolfe Video May 18 presents Supernova, a British drama written and directed by Harry Macqueen, on Blu-ray Disc and DVD. Supernova follows Sam (Colin Firth) and Tusker (Stanley Tucci), partners of 20 years, as they travel across England in their old camper van, visiting friends, family and places from their past. Tusker is diagnosed with early onset dementia, prompting the pair to spend as much time together as they can.

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TV programs newly arrived on disc include Star Trek: Lower Decks — Season One, on Blu-ray Disc and DVD from CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment. A limited-edition Blu-ray Steelbook also is available. The animated comedy series, which debuted on CBS All Access last year and will continue on Paramount+, chronicles the adventures of the U.S.S. Cerritos in the year 2380, with a focus on the crew members who usually do the dirty work.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases The Alienist: Angel of Darkness on Blu-ray Disc and DVD May 18. The eight-episode limited series, which aired on TNT in July and August of 2020, is the second season of “The Alienist,” the first having aired in 2018. The second season picks up in June 1897, a year after Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Daniel Brühl), a pioneer in forensic psychiatry, tracked down the brutal serial killer John Beecham with the help of a team of trusted companions and a revolutionary application of the principles of his discipline. Kreizler and his friends — high-living crime reporter John Schuyler Moore (Luke Evans); indomitable, derringer-toting Sara Howard (Dakota Fanning); the brilliant (and bickering) detective brothers Marcus and Lucius Isaacson (Douglas Smith and Matthew Shear); powerful and compassionate Cyrus Montrose (Robert Ray Wisdom); and Stevie Taggert (Dominic Herman-Day), the boy Kreizler saved from a life of street crime — have returned to their former pursuits and tried to forget the horror of the Beecham case. But when the distraught wife of a Spanish diplomat begs Sara’s aid, the team reunites to help find her kidnapped infant daughter. It is a case fraught with danger since Spain and the United States are on the verge of war.

Among catalog releases, Paramount Home Entertainment offers a newly remastered 25th anniversary collector’s edition Blu-ray Disc of Mission: Impossible that comes with an IMF sticker.

Four movies starring the Peanuts gang arrive together on Blu-ray for the first time on May 18 in the Snoopy 4-Movie Collection from Paramount Home Entertainment. The collection includes the debut classic A Boy Named Charlie Brown, the on-screen debut of Woodstock in Snoopy Come Home, the outdoor adventure Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown, and the globe-trotting Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and Don’t Come Back!). A Boy Named Charlie Brown follows Charlie Brown to the Spelling Bee finals. In Snoopy Come Home, when Snoopy gets a letter from a girl in the hospital, he leaves with Woodstock to see her. Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown  follows the Peanuts gang to summer camp, where they participate in a river race. In Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown, the gang travels to Europe as exchange students. The collection also includes access to digital copies of each of the films, all of which were written by Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz.

Titles newly released via digital sellthrough May 18 include the coming-of-age drama Boogie, from writer, producer and restaurateur Eddie Huang. The New York story about basketball, young love, fractious families, and pursuing big dreams against all odds showcases first-time actor Taylor Takahashi, who was Huang’s personal assistant at the time he was cast, and a supporting cast that includes Taylour Paige (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom), Pamelyn Chee (Princess of Nebraska), Domenick Lombardozzi (The Irishman), and the late rapper Pop Smoke, in his first screen performance. It will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and on demand June 1 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

‘Wonder Woman 1984’ on Disc, ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ on Digital Among This Week’s New Home Viewing Releases

Warner’s Wonder Woman 1984 and Universal’s Our Friend top the slate of titles debuting on disc March 30, while Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon becomes available for digital sellthrough April 2.

Wonder Woman 1984, the highly anticipated sequel to 2017’s Wonder Woman with Gal Gadot reprising her role as the superheroine, was slated to be one of last summer’s big tentpole theatrical releases before pandemic scheduling shifts led it to becoming the first title under the new AT&T paradigm to make Warner films available simultaneously in theaters and for a month on the HBO Max streaming service. It debuted Dec. 25 on HBO Max and earned $45.9 million at the domestic box office before being available for premium VOD rental Feb. 12, then digital sellthrough March 16.

Warner’s Wonder Woman 1984 disc releases include DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray formats, while Warner Archive is releasing a 3D Blu-ray of the film.

The Gravitas Ventures drama Our Friend arrives on DVD from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. It became available for digital sellthrough a week ago. The film tells the true story of the Teague family — journalist Matt (Casey Affleck), his wife Nicole (Dakota Johnson) and their two young daughters — and how their lives are upended by Nicole’s diagnosis of terminal cancer. As Matt’s responsibilities as a caretaker and parent become increasingly overwhelming, the couple’s best friend Dane Faucheux (Jason Segel) offers to come and help out. As Dane puts his life on hold to stay with his friends, the impact of this life-altering decision proves greater and more profound than anyone could have imagined.

The computer-animated adventure fantasy Raya and the Last Dragon will be available for digital purchase starting Friday, April 2, from Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution. Another film delayed by the pandemic, Raya was eventually released March 5 in theaters and as a $29.99 add-on through the Disney+ streaming service’s Premier Access option. In the film, long ago, in the fantasy world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. But when sinister monsters known as the Druun threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, those same monsters have returned and it’s up to a lone warrior, Raya, to track down the last dragon in order to finally stop the Druun for good. However, along her journey, she’ll learn that it’ll take more than dragon magic to save the world — it’s going to take trust as well. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray May 18.

Another new March 30 release is Another Round, a co-production between Denmark, the Netherlands, and Sweden that is nominated at the 93rd Academy Awards for Best International Feature Film and Best Director for Thomas Vinterberg. The dark comedy stars Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Magnus Millang and Lars Ranthe as a group of friends who decide their lives would be happier if they drank enough alcohol to maintain a constant buzz without getting fully drunk. Another Round is available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital sellthrough from Samuel Goldwyn Films.

Lionsgate March 30 releases horror film The Toll as a Blu-ray combo pack (with digital copy) and on DVD. The feature film directorial debut of Michael Nader follows a young girl named Cami who takes a taxi to her father’s country home. But when a wrong turn by her chatty driver, Spencer, results in the car stalling on a dark and remote road, the pair soon realize they they are being watched by an unseen presence — one that sees them as trespassers, and is ready to exact a deadly toll.

The supernatural thriller The Widow arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and on demand March 30 from Shout Studios and Scream Factory, the horror imprint of indie distributor Shout! Factory. The film chronicles the search for people whose mysterious disappearance in a Russian forest has for decades been attributed to a dark spirit. The Blu-ray and DVD include both the original Russian language audio track and an English-dubbed option.

Also available now, having been released for digital sellthrough last Friday, March 26, is the comedy Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar, from Lionsgate. Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, the duo behind Bridesmaids, reunite as lifelong friends who embark on the adventure of a lifetime when they decide to leave their small Midwestern town for the first time ever. The film debuted on PVOD Feb. 12 and arrives on Blu-ray Disc and DVD April 6.

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Among catalog titles, director Cecil B. DeMille’s 1956 Biblical epic The Ten Commandments starring Charlton Heston as Moses arrives on 4K Ultra HD for the first time March 30 from Paramount Home Entertainment. The release commemorates the film’s 65th anniversary and arrives just in time for the April 4 Easter holiday. As part of the restoration done in 2010, the film was scanned in 6K and those files were the basis for this Dolby Vision version. Paramount spent more than 150 hours doing new color work and clean-up on the scan of the original VistaVision negative. The 4K release also includes a DTS-HD 5.1 lossless soundtrack.

Another DeMille, classic, 1952 spectacle The Greatest Show on Earth, arrives for the first time on Blu-ray March 30 as part of the Paramount Presents line. Winner of the Oscars for Best Picture and Best Writing, Motion Picture Story, the film captures the thrills, chills and exhilaration of the circus. Featuring three intertwining plot lines filled with romance and rivalry, DeMille’s epic includes spectacular action sequences, including a train wreck. Stars include Betty Hutton, Cornel Wilde, Charlton Heston, Dorothy Lamour, Gloria Grahame and James Stewart. The film has been newly restored from a 4K scan of the original negative, and the Blu-ray includes a new “Filmmaker Focus” featurette with film historian Leonard Maltin.

Also landing March 30 on Blu-ray and DVD is the 1991 romantic comedy Defending Your Life. The film was written by, directed by and stars Albert Brooks as a hapless advertising executive who dies suddenly and finds himself in Judgment City, a gleaming way station where the newly deceased must prove they lived a life of sufficient courage to advance in their journey through the universe. As he struggles to make his case, he forms a budding relationship with an uninhibited woman (Meryl Streep) who offers him a chance to finally feel alive. Criterion’s edition includes a new 4K digital restoration supervised by Brooks, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray, plus a slew of extras.

Coming to disc March 30 from MVD Entertainment Group and Severin Films are Perdita Durango (1997), The Day of the Beast (1995), Nosferatu in Venice (1988) and A Scream in the Streets (1973).

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

Disney’s ‘Cruella,’ ‘Black Widow’ Bowing Simultaneously on Premier Access and in Theaters; Pixar’s ‘Luca’ Going Straight to Disney+

Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution March 23 announced new details for Walt Disney Studios’ upcoming slate of theatrical movies, including live-action Cruella, Marvel Studios’ Black Widow, and Pixar’s Luca, among others.

Following the recent $29.99 Premier Access (PVOD) releases of Mulan and Raya and the Last Dragon, both Cruella and Black Widow will launch simultaneously in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access in most Disney+ markets on May 28 and on July 9, respectively.

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Similarly to the Christmas Day launch of Academy Award-nominated Soul, Pixar’s Luca will stream directly in homes worldwide exclusively on Disney+ beginning Friday, June 18, as a special offering to kick-off the summer season.  In international markets where Disney+ is not yet available, the film will be released theatrically, with premiere dates to be announced.

“Today’s announcement reflects our focus on providing consumer choice and serving the evolving preferences of audiences,” Kareem Daniel, chairman of Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution, said in a statement. “By leveraging a flexible distribution strategy in a dynamic marketplace that is beginning to recover from the global pandemic, we will continue to employ the best options to deliver [Disney movies].”

Additional shifted theatrical release dates include: Free Guy on Aug. 13; Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on Sept. 3; The King’s Man on Dec. 22; Deep Water on Jan. 14, 2022; and Death on the Nile on Feb. 11, 2022.

Disney’s ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ Remains Atop Domestic Box Office Concurrent With Premier Access in the Home

Disney’s animated Raya and the Last Dragon continues its strong pandemic box office run, reportedly generating an estimated $5.2 million in ticket sales across more than 2,200 domestic screens for the weekend ended March 21. The title has generated about $24.8 million ($71.6 worldwide) since its March 3 bow concurrently with premium VOD ($29.99) availability on Disney+. Raya is Disney’s second PVOD release following live-action Mulan.

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Among the weekend’s top-performing theatrical titles in the U.S., the usual suspects continue to resonate, including Warner Bros. Pictures animation release Tom and Jerry with $3.8 million ($32 million total; $70+ million global); Lionsgate’s Chaos Walking generated $2.2 million ($10 million; $15 million), followed by the studio’s newcomer, The Courier, starring Rachel Brosnahan and Benedict Cumberbatch, the latter as a businessman-turned-Cold War-spy, with $2 million. Universal Pictures/DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods: A New Age continues to shine, selling $620,000 in tickets ($55.2 million; $159.7 million) despite being available across multiple retail channels.

Oscar nominees A Promising Woman and Minari saw weekend ticket sales of $195,000 and $306,000, respectively, bring the movies’ total theatrical revenue to $5.7 million and $1.3 million.

The weekend saw most of the U.S. exhibition market re-open for business, albeit at 25% capacity (or 100 people per screen) due to ongoing government restrictions.

“This weekend showed solid results from holdovers, demonstrating the revenue generating horsepower of opening the biggest box-office market in North America,” Paul Dergarabedian, media analyst with Comscore, said in a statement. “Eager movie fans in Los Angeles showed up in solid numbers to enjoy the big screen experience once again.”


‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ Repeats Atop Domestic Weekend Box Office Concurrent With Disney+ Access

Walt Disney Studios’ strategy of simultaneously releasing films in theaters and on its branded subscription streaming service, at an additional cost, appears to be working.

Despite its availability on Disney+ at a $29.99 purchase price, Raya and the Last Dragon topped the domestic box office for the second weekend March 14 with a reported $5.5 million in projected ticket sales from more than 2,100 screens nationwide. That’s down just 35% from $8.5 million in domestic ticket sales in the previous-week period. So far, the animated Raya has generated $15.8 million in U.S. ticket sales and $52.6 million globally since debuting March 5.

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The remaining top theatrical releases mirrored the previous weekend, with Warner Bros. Pictures’ Tom & Jerry generating $4.1  million ($26 million total) from 2,434 screens; Chaos Walking (Lionsgate) with $2.25 million ($6.9 million total) from 1,995 screens; and Boogie (Universal/Focus Features) with $730,000 ($2.2 million) from 1,272 screens.

Impressively, The Croods: A New Age (Universal/DreamWorks Animation) continues to resonate across multiple platforms with $530,000 ($54.3 million) in weekend ticket sales. The title, which was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Feb. 23, currently ranks as the top-selling packaged-media release in 2021, according to The NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service.

In the meantime, with Los Angeles area theaters slated to re-open next weekend at 25% capacity, the box office is expected to continue a slow but steady return to normalcy as moviegoers get vaccinated. More than 101 million arms have received the COVID-19 vaccine through March 12, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The domestic box office was up 16.5% last weekend (March 5-7) from the previous-year period with $22.95 million in revenue; and up 166% Feb. 26-28 with $19.74 million.

Disney’s ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ Tops Biggest Pandemic Weekend Box Office Since Christmas

Disney’s new theatrical/Premier Access release, Raya and the Last Dragon, topped the weekend domestic box office with a projected $8.6 million in ticket sales through March 7. That’s slightly more than the film generated in China at $8.4 million. The movie is tracking toward more than $26 million worldwide. The domestic box office topped $23.1 million — the largest tally since Christmas.

With some New York City movie theaters re-opening, the tally underwhelmed when compared to the previous-weekend’s $14.1 debut of Warner Bros. Pictures live-action/animation hybrid Tom & Jerry, which also bowed simultaneously on HBO Max. The movie took in $6.6 million in the No. 2 spot; $23 million since launching.

Lionsgate’s fantasy Chaos Walking, starring Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley, rounded out the podium with a reported $3.8 million — a far cry from the movie’s reported $100 million production budget.

Raya also underperformed compared with the opening of Universal Pictures’ The Croods: A New Age with $9.7 million last Thanksgiving, and Warner’s Wonder Woman 1984 with $16.7 million over Christmas weekend. Raya was hamstrung as Cinemark, the No. 3 exhibitor in the country, refused to screen the movie without a renegotiated distribution deal with Disney.

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Indeed, Raya was concurrently available to Disney+ subscribers for $29.99, the same price of Disney’s first Premier Access release, Mulan, over the Labor Day weekend. Disney has not reported financial details of that direct-to-consumer retail release. Notably, Disney keeps 100% of all Premier Access revenue while splitting theatrical revenue with exhibitors.

On a March 1 virtual investor event, Disney CEO Bob Chapek said the studio still believes in the theatrical business model but added the the consumer dynamic is changing.

“I think the consumer is probably more impatient than they’ve ever been before because now they’ve had the luxury of an entire year of getting [movies] at home pretty much when they want them,” Chapek said. “I’m not sure there’s a going back, but we certainly don’t want to cut the legs off a theatrical exhibition run.”

Disney Launching ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ in Theaters and Disney+ Next March

Disney will launch the feature film Raya and the Last Dragon in theaters and on the Disney+ SVOD platform in March 2021. It marks the first time Disney is launching a new theatrical release on its branded streaming platform and in theaters concurrently.

It will be available on Disney+ as a Premier Access add-on for $29.99.

The company previously moved the live-action Mulan remake from its theatrical slate and into the home via premium VOD over the Labor Day weekend. Pending theatrical release Soul is now bowing on Disney+ on Christmas Day.

Raya and the Last Dragon is a computer-animated adventure fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Walt Disney Animation Studios. Directed by Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada, the film is produced by Osnat Shurer and Peter Del Vecho and was written by Qui Nguyen and Adele Lim. The film features the voices of Kelly Marie Tran as the lead character, Raya, and Awkwafina as Sisu, the last dragon.

According to the Disney website, “Long ago, in the fantasy world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. But when sinister monsters known as the Druun threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, those same monsters have returned and it’s up to a lone warrior, Raya, to track down the last dragon in order to finally stop the Druun for good. However, along her journey, she’ll learn that it’ll take more than dragon magic to save the world — it’s going to take trust as well.”