LOS ANGELES, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- Warner Bros.' superheroine film "Wonder Woman 1984" took the top spot at the North American box office for the third weekend in a row with an estimated 3 million U.S. dollars from 2,218 locations between Friday and Sunday, according to studio figures collected by measurement firm Comscore.
"Wonder Woman 1984" has earned 32.6 million dollars in North America since it was released simultaneously in theaters and on the HBO Max streaming platform on Christmas Day. Only 36 percent of North American theaters are currently open amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The film with a reported cost of 200 million dollars is a sequel to 2017's "Wonder Woman," which grossed 822 million dollars at the global box office. With director Patty Jenkins back at the helm and Gal Gadot returning in the title role, the film follows Diana Prince as she battles two formidable foes during the Cold War.
The film earned 4.7 million this weekend outside North America, pushing its international cume to 98.8 million dollars for a global tally of 131.4 million dollars.
China, now home to the world's biggest film box office with its fast pandemic recovery, is one of the major international markets for "Wonder Woman 1984." The film has grossed 165 million yuan (around 25.48 million U.S. dollars) after 24 days on the Chinese mainland, according to box office data compiled by Maoyan, a Chinese movie-ticketing and film data platform.
Universal Pictures and DreamWorks' animated adventure comedy film "The Croods: A New Age" came in second with 1.81 million dollars from 1,818 locations in its seventh weekend, pushing its North American cume to 36.87 million dollars.
The film also earned 5.05 million dollars in 17 international markets this weekend for a global total of 127.8 million dollars.
Helmed by Joel Crawford in his feature directorial debut, the film with a reported budget of 65 million dollars features the voice talent of returning stars, including Nicolas Cage, Catherine Keener, Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds.
The sequel to 2013's original film follows the prehistoric Crood family who sets off into the world in search of a safer place to live and meets another family that's a couple of steps above the Croods on the evolutionary ladder.
In third place, Universal Pictures' drama film "News of the World" brought in 1.24 million dollars from 1,986 locations in its third weekend for a North American total of 7.1 million dollars.
Directed by Paul Greengrass and starring Tom Hanks and Helena Zengel, the film is based on the 2016 best-selling novel of the same name by Paulette Jiles. The plot follows a widowed Civil War veteran, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, who must return a 10-year-old girl who was taken in and raised by natives as an infant to her last remaining family. As they travel hundreds of miles into the unforgiving wilderness, the two will face tremendous challenges of both human and natural forces as they search for a place that either can call home. Enditem