LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The “Barbie” juggernaut continued at the box office this weekend, with director Greta Gerwig’s live-action story about the iconic Mattel toy fending off challenges from two new films to retain its top- grossing spot in North America, according to estimates released Sunday.
“Barbie” grossed $53 million Friday through Sunday in its third weekend in theaters in the United States and Canada, for a running domestic total of over $459 million, Comscore reported. It also became the first film directed by a woman to surpass the $1 billion mark globally, a remarkable achievement in just three weeks of release.
The giant-shark movie “Meg 2: The Trench” opened with $30 million to take second place.
“Oppenheimer” was third with $28.7 million in its third week.
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem” opened with $28 million for fourth place, followed by “Haunted Mansion,” which grossed $8.9 million in its second weekend in theaters.
Rounding out the top 10 domestic releases, as estimated by Comscore, were “Sound of Freedom” ($7 million), “Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One” ($6.4 million), “Talk To Me” ($6.2 million), “Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani” ($1.529 million) and “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” ($1.521 million).
This weekend’s overall three-day box office haul was estimated at $176.4 million. The year-to-date total is $6.1 billion — an increase of 23% over the figure at this time last year, according to Comscore.
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