Box Office: ‘Tom & Jerry’ Has Strong $13.7M Debut Despite Availability On HBO Max

In news that can probably be seen as a mixed bag, Warner Bros. Tom & Jerry opened with $13.7M at the box office. That makes it the second-biggest debut during the pandemic, behind only Wonder Woman 1984‘s 16.7M. Nothing else really comes close, as Tenet scored $9.35M and The Croods: A New Age had $9.7M.

Tom & Jerry, which was directed by Tim Story and starred Chloe Grace Moretz, Michael Pena, and more, opened in 2475 theaters. Roughly 42% of theaters are reopened across the country.

What makes this a semi-big deal is that the film was also available for free on HBO Max. It’s clear that families saw it as an opportunity to go out and see a movie in theaters like they used to, rather than stay at home as they had been. So interest in theatrical is up, and that could increase as vaccinations continue to rise.

The fly in the ointment is that box office numbers are still a far cry from where they were pre-pandemic and even when things return to normal they might not ever be the same. These numbers also give Warner Bros. little reason to change their day-and-date structure that sees movies opening theaters and HBO Max simultaneously.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.