LOS ANGELES, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- In another bleak weekend for theaters amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Sony's release of "Monster Hunter" took the top spot at the North American box office with an estimated 2.2-million-U.S.-dollar debut from 1,736 locations, according to studio figures collected by measurement firm Comscore.
Comscore noted that only 34 percent of all North American theaters are currently open.
Directed by Paul W. S. Anderson, the fantasy action film stars his wife Milla Jovovich, known for her action heroine roles in the Resident Evil movies and other sci-fi films.
The film, based on the video game series of the same name by Capcom, follows a team of elite military members led by Captain Artemis, played by Jovovich. When an unexpected sandstorm transports the unit to a new world of dangerous and powerful monsters, the soldiers are forced to fight for survival in desperate battles.
"Monster Hunter" was produced by companies including Germany's Constantin Films, Anderson's Impact Pictures, China's Tencent Pictures and Japan's Toho.
The film holds an approval rating of 48 percent based on 46 reviews to date on review-aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes.
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