LOS ANGELES, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) -- Warner Bros.' animated film "Tom and Jerry" led ticket sales at the North American box office with an estimated 13.71 million U.S. dollars from 2,475 theaters between Friday and Sunday in its opening weekend, according to studio figures collected by measurement firm Comscore.
The film had the highest opening of any film released in North America this year so far. It is also the second largest North American opening since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, only behind Warner Bros.' superheroine film "Wonder Woman 1984," which took in 16.7 million dollars in the opening weekend last December.
Directed by Tim Story, the film based on the iconic cartoon characters is an eye-popping blend of classic animation and live action. The cat and mouse battle flares up again when Jerry moves into New York City's finest hotel on the eve of "the wedding of the century," forcing the event's desperate planner to hire Tom to get rid of him.
"Tom and Jerry" has scored an estimated 25.1 million dollars in overseas markets, bringing its global tally to 38.8 million dollars.
The Chinese mainland has fueled half of the film's overseas box office with more than 80 million yuan (about 12.35 million U.S. dollars) after three days of launch, according to the box office data compiled by Maoyan, a Chinese movie-ticketing and film data platform.