Dragons and Pandora: Raya Claims Box Office Crown, Avatar Reclaims All Time Record

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As restrictions begin to loosen, the cinematic box office seems to be getting a little bit of lifeblood after a year long financial drought. While numbers are nowhere near where they'd be during normal times, Disney's Raya and the Last Dragon has claimed its second week as the number one film at the domestic box office. 

With little to no competition from any other major releases, the animated movie went on to dominate with an estimated $5.5 million in the United States. That's barely a percentage of what it would make during normal times but is casting a positive reflection on what might come in the next few months. Millions more will be getting the vaccine which will put way more people in theater seats just as the summer box office bonanza begins. This is good news for Disney and all other major studios. 

In other news, James Cameron's Avatar has once again taken its crown as the number one box office champion of all time. A little more than 20 months ago, the movie lost its record to Avengers:Endgame. Now, with a re-release in the Chinese market, his tale of blue beings on a lush planet has blown past the Marvel effort with a new worldwide gross of $2.8108 billion in all time ticket sales. It brought in another $21.1 million over the weekend. 

It may be a very long time until another movie comes along to claim victory over Cameron's science fiction epic.