4 Things We Learned From NYC’s Movie Theater Reopenings This Weekend

Jeremy Fuster
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The reopening of movie theaters in New York City and San Francisco this weekend, combined with the release of Disney’s animated film “Raya the Last Dragon,” has pushed the box office one step closer to normalcy. According to Box Office Mojo, overall domestic grosses for the weekend reached $24.1 million. In the year since theaters entered the pandemic shutdown, there have only been two weekends where overall totals reached or exceeded that amount: Labor Day weekend, where the release of Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” pushed grosses to a pandemic-high $27 million; and Christmas weekend, when “Wonder Woman 1984” led the box office to $24.2 million. Here are some of the big takeaways for studios and cinemas from this weekend ticket sales: Also Read: 'Raya and the Last Dragon' Flies Low at Box Office With $8.6 Million Opening 1. Variety is returning to the box office charts Unlike “Tenet” and “Wonder Woman 1984,” which completely dominated the box office when they opened in a reduced number of theaters, “Raya and the Last Dragon” did not account for more than half of the weekend’s total gross. That’s partly because “Raya” opened to a disappointing $8.6 million — but three other films all crossed...

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