Disney’s ‘Raya And The Last Dragon’ Debuts At No. 1 With $8.6 Million In North America As New York City Theaters Finally Re-Open

If there’s one thing that the past year’s pandemic has taught the movie business, it’s that kid-friendly titles have become the new industry heavyweights.

Hard on the heels of box-office perennial, The Croods: A New Age, and last weekend’s newly-crowned champ, Tom and Jerry, a new animated film once again claimed the top spot—Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon—which debuted at No.

1 in North American theaters this weekend with $8.6 million.The debut was well-timed, as theaters in several major cities, including Chicago, San Francisco, and New York City, re-opened their long-shuttered doors for business (albeit in limited capacity) for the first time in nearly a year.

But even the addition of those new venues couldn’t single-handedly pull the domestic box office out of its doldrums, hinting at a recovery that could take months instead of weeks.Still, let’s give credit where it’s due.

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