Dan Trachtenberg, John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher Jr. and J.J. Abrams attend the "10 Cloverfield Lane" New York premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater in New York City on March 8, 2016. Theo Wargo/Getty Images

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.