‘Tom & Jerry’ biggest box office hit of 2021



The new “Tom & Jerry” is the cat’s meow at the box office.

The revival of the beloved cat-and-mouse cartoon debuted with $13.7 million in ticket sales over the weekend — the best domestic opening of the year.

The opening was $3 million shy of the top-grossing release during the COVID-19 pandemic, “Wonder Woman 1984” in December.

“Tom & Jerry,” which stars Chloe Grace Moretz, was also released on HBO Max, where it will be streaming for a month.

“With half of theaters still closed, the pandemic still a threat, and ‘Tom & Jerry’ available at home, this is a very good opening,” David A. Gross, who runs the movie consulting firm Franchise Entertainment Research told the Associated Press. “Under normal circumstances, this weekend would comfortably be above $35 million — a positive sign for the business and for theatrical’s pull over home entertainment.” 

Michael Peña stars alongside the famous cat and mouse duo.
Michael Peña stars alongside the famous cat and mouse duo.
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Just 42 percent, or 2,475 theaters, are open right now. 

“Tom & Jerry” brought in another $25 million internationally, according to the studio.

'Tom and Jerry' had a weekend box office of $13.7M.
“Tom and Jerry” had a weekend box office of $13.7M.
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On Friday, movie theaters in New York will reopen for the first time since March at 25 percent capacity.


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