MOVIE THEATERS BET ON FAMILIES: Almost half of the country’s movie theaters have reopened, and theaters are betting on long runs for Croods: A New Age and Raya and the Last Dragon to help them get back on their feet. Family films have been bright spots for a weak box office, observers say, with Croods 2 outgrossing Wonder Woman 1984, with $53.6 million versus $44.4 million respectively. Croods 2 even has a shot at passing Christopher Nolan‘s Tenet ($58 million) to rank as the top-grossing pic of the pandemic, at least domestically.
HBO MAX AVAILABLE TO COX CUSTOMERS: WarnerMedia is making HBO Max accessible to Cox Communications’ Contour customers with set-top boxes. Cox has an estimated 3.65 million customers. WarnerMedia has about 41.5 million HBO Max and HBO subscribers, up 20% year-over-year.
POWERPUFF GIRLS PILOT CASTS CHLOE BENNET, DOVE CAMERON, YANA PERRAULT: The live-action Powerpuff Girls set for The CW has rounded out its cast, with Chloe Bennet, Dove Cameron, and Yana Perrault all joining the show.