This image released by 20th Century Fox shows a scene from "The Predator." (Kimberley French/20th Century Fox via AP)

LOS ANGELES  — "The Predator" is at the top of the food chain in its first weekend in theatres.

20th Century Fox said Sunday that the film earned an estimated $24 million from more than 4,000 North American theatres.

But with an $88 million production price tag, the Shane Black-directed instalment in the 30-year-old franchise will be looking to international receipts to offset the cost. This weekend, it earned $30.7 million from 72 foreign markets, bringing the global total to $54.7 million.

Second place went to the "Conjuring" spinoff "The Nun," which added $18.2 million in its second weekend. The horror pic has now grossed over $85 million.

Lionsgate's "A Simple Favor" opened close behind in third place with $16.1 million. The film from director Paul Feig stars Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively.

Fourth and fifth places are neck and neck. Studios estimates say "White Boy Rick," with $8.8 million, has a slight advantage over "Crazy Rich Asians" with $8.7 million.

AP