'Abominable' Puts Universal Atop the Weekend Box Office Once Again
by Brad Brevet
September 29, 2019
Universal finished atop the weekend box office yet again this year with their animated adventure Abominable, while also taking second position with Focus's Downton Abbey, now in its second weekend. Meanwhile, Roadside saw a strong performance from their release of Judy, delivering a top ten performance in moderate release, while holdovers such as Hustlers and It: Chapter Two held on strong in their third and fourth weekends respectively.
At the top of the box office, Universal's release of DreamWorks Animation and Pearl Studio's animated title Abominable debuted with $20.85 million. While it doesn't say much for this year's slate of original animated titles, the performance does mark the largest opening for an original animated film in 2019, while joining Universal's Us and Good Boys as the only original films to open number one at the North American box office in 2019. Additionally, this is the seventh Universal title to top the charts this year (eight if you include Downton Abbey) giving the studio the most #1 films in 2019.
That being said, with a $75 million price tag Abominable still has some work to do and with The Addams Family right around the corner it will need to work fast, at least at the domestic box office. The film did earn an "A" CinemaScore from opening day audiences and a 96% audience score RottenTomatoes, which could bode well for its holdover potential. The film played to a crowd that was 56% female.
Internationally, after opening in a couple of markets last weekend, Abominable is now playing in 30 overseas territories and brought in an estimated $8.8 million this weekend. Leading the way was a $1.98 million opening in Mexico, followed by a $1.45 million weekend in Brazil. The film still has several markets yet to open including Italy and Russia next weekend.
Universal also enjoyed second place with their release of Focus Features's Downton Abbey, which followed up a strong debut with a solid sophomore frame, bringing in an estimated $14.5 million, pushing the film's cume over $58.5 million. The performance makes the film the fifth highest grossing Focus release of all-time after just ten days in release. The film also added another $10 million internationally for an overseas cume totaling $48.6 million and a worldwide tally that now stands at an impressive $107.1 million.
STX's Hustlers enjoyed an excellent third weekend in release, dipping just -32% for an estimated $11.47 million three-day and a domestic cume that now totals over $80 million. Hustlers is now the third largest STX release of all-time and will soon become the studio's third film to top $100 million at the domestic box office. The film also added another $3 million internationally this weekend for an international cume just shy of $15 million and a worldwide tally topping $95 million.
In fourth position, Warner Bros. and New Line's It: Chapter Two also had an excellent weekend, dipping just -32% to enter its fourth week in release with an estimated $10.4 million. The performance gives the film a $193.9 million domestic cume as it pushes toward that $200 million milestone. Internationally, the film added another $11 million this weekend giving it a $223.5 million overseas total and a $417.4 million global cume.
Rounding out the top five is Fox's Ad Astra, which dipped -47% as it enters its second week in release. The performance resulted in a $10.1 million three-day for a domestic cume that now totals $35.5 million. The film also added another $18 million this weekend from 50 markets for a $53.5 million international cume and an $89 million global tally.
Just outside the top five, finishing in seventh is Roadside's Judy. The Renee Zellweger starrer debuted in just 461 theaters with an impressive $3.09 million. To go along with the performance the film received a "A-" CinemaScore from opening day audiences of which were 60% female, with 79% coming in aged 35 or older. The film will expand even further next weekend.
In limited release Swen's Nothing to Lose 2 opened with an estimated $5801,184 in 97 locations ($5,981 PTA) and Well Go's First Love brought in an estimated $24,150 from two locations.
Next weekend will see the release of the much talked about Joker from Warner Bros., opening in over 4,000 locations.
You can check out all of this weekend's estimated results right here and we'll be updating our charts with weekend actuals on Monday afternoon.
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