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Abominable is from filmmaker Jill Culton, the first woman to be credited as the lead director and writer of an animated Hollywood studio pic (Todd Wilderman is credited as a co-director). It’s also the first co-production between DWA and China’s Pearl Studios. The movie is set to open Tuesday in China.
Elsewhere overseas, the family film earned $8.8 million from 30 markets for an early foreign total of $10.2 million and $31 million globally.
The PG-rated pic chronicles the adventures of a teenager (Chloe Bennet) and her two friends (Tenzing Norgay Trainor, Albert Tsai) who embark on a 2,000-mile adventure across China to the majestic Himalayas in order to reunite a young Yeti, whom they name Everest, with his family. All the while, they must stay one step ahead of a wealthy man (Eddie Izzard) intent on recapturing the magical creature and an eager zoologist (Sarah Paulson).
The film, buoyed by an A CinemaScore and strong PostTrak exits, did especially well in Hispanic and Asian markets. Among ticket buyers, 42 percent were Caucasian, followed by Hispanics (28 percent), Asians/Other (18 percent) and African-Americans (12 percent). Nearly half the audience (46 percent) was 18 years old or younger.
Abominable scored the biggest opening of the year so far for an original animated movie; It also joins fellow Universal releases Us and Good Boys as the only original films of 2019 to open at No. 1.
At the awards box office, Renee Zellweger-starrer Judy sang loudly in its debut, landing at No. 7 with $3.1 million from 461 theaters, which Roadside Attractions and LD Entertainment say is the No. 1 debut of the year for a platform release.
The Judy Garland biopic earned an A- CinemaScore, while 79 percent of ticket buyers were 35 or older. The movie’s location average was $6,705, the best of any film in the top 10.
Judy wasn’t Roadside’s only win of the weekend. The Peanut Butter Falcon, produced by Armory Films and starring Shia LeBeouf and Dakota Fanning, passed The Farewell to become the top-grossing platform of the year to date ($18.1 million vs. $17.5 million).
Back at the top of the chart, Focus Features’ box office breakout Downton Abbey strutted past the $100 million mark globally. In the U.S., the film fell to No. 2 in its second weekend, declining 54 percent to $14.5 million for a domestic total of $58.5 million. The continuation of the wildly popular British TV series earned another $10.2 million overseas for a foreign cume of $48.6 million and a global haul of $107.1 million through Sunday.
STXfilms’ Hustlers continued its torrid pace, falling 32 percent in its third weekend to $11.5 million for a domestic tally of $80.6 million and $95.4 million globally.
It: Chapter Two — which cleared the $400 million threshold at the global box office — stayed high up on the chart its fourth weekend, earning $10.4 million for a domestic cume of $193.9 million. Overseas, the follow-up earned $11 million for a foreign tally of $223.5 million and $417.4 million worldwide.
New Regency and Fox’ big-budget effort Ad Astra fell to No. 5 in its second weekend. The Brad Pitt astronaut pic earned $10.1 million for a domestic total of $35.5 million to date. Overseas, it added $18 million for a foreign total of $53.5 million and $89 million globally.
Ad Astra stayed ahead of Rambo: Last Blood, which took in $8.6 million in its sophomore session for a domestic total of $33.2 million.
Weekend Box Office 09/29/19
|2. Downton Abbey||$14.5M||$58.5M||3,390||2|
|4. IT: Chapter Two||$10.4M||$193.9M||3,611||4|
|5. Ad Astra||$10.1M||$35.5M||3,460||2|
|6. Rambo: Last Blood||$8.6M||$33.2M||3,618||2|
|8. Good Boys||$2M||$80.4M||1,503||7|
|9. The Lion King||$1.6M||$540M||1,691||11|
|10. Angel Has Fallen||$1.5M||$67.2M||1,652||6|
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