(Los Angeles) The fantasy film Wonka, about the famous chocolatier of the same name, returned to the top of the North American box office for its third weekend in theaters, according to estimates published Sunday by the specialist firm Exhibitor Relations.
Led by star actor Timothée Chalamet, the film, which also got off to a strong start abroad, grossed nearly $24 million in the United States and Canada between Friday and Sunday, and is expected to total 31 .8 million in revenue with Monday’s public holiday according to projections.
In this feature film from Warner Bros. Studios, Timothée Chalamet plays the exuberant character Willy Wonka from the novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, in his beginnings as a chocolatier.
Surrounded in particular by Hugh Grant, surprising as Oompa Loompa, and Rowan Atkinson, he brilliantly succeeds the interpretations of Gene Wilder and Johnny Depp.
The film has already grossed more than $142 million since its release in the United States and Canada, and $244 million worldwide.
In second place on the weekend podium was Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, another Warner Bros. feature film, with $19.5 million.
It is followed by the animated film Migration, a comic epic about a family of ducks, the Mallards, who set off for Jamaica, and which collected $17.2 million in revenue over three days.
The feature film The Color Purple, which recounts in music the story of three black women in post-slavery America, came in fourth place for its first weekend.
The Warner Bros. film Still, worn by the three actresses Fantasia Barrino, Taraji P. Henson and Danielle Brooks and adapted from the novel of the same name by Alice Walker, brought in $13 million.
In fifth place, the romantic comedy Anyone But You has grossed $9 million.