February 27, 2021
Following a $4 million Feb. 26 domestic box office debut, Warner Bros. Pictures saw its live-action animated feature Tom & Jerry, starring Chloë Grace Moretz, generate a projected $13.6 million across more than 2,400 screens through Feb. 28. The tally, which surpassed the studio’s $12.5 million projection, is the second-highest theatrical weekend debut during the pandemic, after the studio’s opening $16.4 million Christmas weekend for Wonder Woman 1984. Universal Pictures/DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods: A New Age held the original pandemic box office record with $9.7 million over the Thanksgiving weekend.
The animated sequel generated $1.2 million in a distant No. 2 position — the only other theatrical release to break a million in domestic revenue. Croods: A New Age has now generated $52.4 million in 14 weeks of release. The movie is also available on digital and packaged media retail.
Rounding out the top 5, Warner’s The Little Things had $925,000 in ticket sales ($12.9 million since launching Jan. 29); WW84 had $710,000 ($43.6 million since Christmas Day); and The Marksman, generated $680,000 in ticket sales ($12.3 million since mid-January debut).
Tom & Jerry, like WW84, The Little Things and last weekend’s Judas and the Black Messiah, had a concurrent debut on subscription streaming platform HBO Max. With 50% of domestic screens still closed due to government restrictions, Warner is releasing its entire 2021 theatrical slate simultaneously on Max.
No. 2 theatrical chain Regal, which has been closed since last year, is expected to open select screens next weekend as coronavirus infections decrease nationwide and potential vaccinated moviegoers increase.