King LeBron Reigns Again As New 'Space Jam' Tops NAmerica Box Office
Los Angeles, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 20th Jul, 2021 ) :New Warner Bros. release "Space Jam: A New Legacy" rocketed to the top of the North American box office over the weekend, taking in $31.7 million in the best showing of a family film since Covid first hammered the industry.
The live action/animated movie -- a sequel nearly 25 years after the original "Space Jam" with Michael Jordan -- has NBA superstar LeBron James teaming up with Bugs Bunny and other Looney Tunes characters in a high-stakes basketball game against a rogue artificial-intelligence entity threatening his son.
The film's strong performance, which came despite middling-to-terrible reviews -- the New York Post called it an "abomination" -- propelled it past last weekend's leader, Disney superhero film "Black Widow." That Marvel Studios production, starring Scarlett Johansson, took in $25.8 million in the Friday-through-Sunday period, down sharply from its $80.4 million opening, according to industry watcher Exhibitor Relations.
In third place was Sony's psychological thriller "Escape Room: Tournament of Champions," at $8.8 million. Taylor Russell and Logan Miller, reprising their roles in 2019's "Escape Room," face a series of deadly traps and puzzles set by the evil Minos.
Further down the top 10, "Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain" -- the Focus Features/CNN Films movie about the world-traveling chef -- had the best opening of a documentary this year, at just short of $2 million.