Superstar producer J.J. Abrams and company got lucky at the box office this weekend with a surprising $25 million opening for the low-budget thriller "10 Cloverfield Lane," the Wrap reported on Sunday. The postapocalyptic piece still trailed far behind the Disney's animated bonanza "Zootopia," which raked in $51 million in its second weekend.

"10 Cloverfield Lane," a half-sequel to the Abrams' crew's 2008 monster movie "Cloverfield," will see a decent return for its $15 million budget. 

The film stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Goodman as two strangers sealed in a bunker as paranoia eats into the lives of several survivors of a mysterious disaster in the outside world.

The considerably more upbeat "Zootopia" is still cruising in No. 1 after its debut weekend, dropping 33 percent and hitting a domestic gross of $142 million, the Wrap reported.  That's only a piece of the $431 million the film has racked up globally.

The weekend's big loser was Sacha Baron Cohen's "Brothers Grimsby," which brought in a paltry $3.2 million. 

In the background is the growing war chest of "Deadpool," which took in another $10.8 million. The bad-boy, R-rated superhero movie starring Ryan Reynolds now boasts $328 million domestically and $708 million globally, making it the ninth biggest superhero/comic book movie of all time, according to Forbes