Weekend Actuals: Abominable Ascends to No. 1 w/ $20.6M; Downton Abbey Dips to 2nd w/ $14.3M

Monday Update: Universal’s animated Abominable debuted with $20.6M to lead the box office, on one of the quietest weekends of the year.

As the only new wide release, Abominable started in the same range as other recent September animated openers: Smallfoot with $23.0M, Storks with $21.3M, and The LEGO Ninjago Movie with $20.4M.

Roadside Attractions’ Judy Garland biopic Judy began in seventh place with $2.9M, ahead of an expected theater expansion in the coming weeks.

Disney’s animated The Lion King came in ninth place with $1.6M, spending an 11th weekend in the top 10. It becomes only the third film in the past year to reach that milestone, along with Aladdin and Green Book.

Since there’s only one new wide release debuting next frame (Joker), it’s possible Lion King could spend a 12th weekend in the top 10 next frame. That would make it the only film of the past year to do so, and the first since Black Panther.

Comparisons

Total box office this weekend was $94.4M.

That’s -23.5% below last weekend and -11.3% below this same weekend last year, when Night School led with $27.2M.

Year-to-date box office stands at $8.42B. That’s -5.5% behind this same date last year, up from -5.6% after last weekend.

Although the 2019 YTD box office has trailed behind 2018 the entire year, that current -5.5% is the closest the 2019 box office has come to the 2018 YTD level since after the very first weekend of January, when it was -5.0%.


Monday’s Weekend Actuals (Domestic)

FRI, SEP. 27 – SUN, SEP. 29

WIDE (1000+)

# TITLE WEEKEND   LOCATIONS   AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Abominable $20,612,100 4,242 $4,859 $20,612,100 1 Universal Pictures
2 Downton Abbey $14,340,035 -54% 3,390 311 $4,230 $58,349,885 2 Focus Features
3 Hustlers $11,389,256 -32% 3,508 -17 $3,247 $80,553,967 3 STX Entertainment
4 It Chapter Two $10,245,795 -40% 3,611 -545 $2,837 $193,766,844 4 Warner Bros
5 Ad Astra $10,014,914 -47% 3,460 0 $2,894 $35,397,514 2 20th Century Fox
6 Rambo: Last Blood $8,597,811 -54% 3,618 0 $2,376 $33,173,621 2 Lionsgate
7 Good Boys $2,067,610 -20% 1,503 -522 $1,376 $80,437,465 7 Universal Pictures
8 The Lion King $1,656,937 -38% 1,691 -287 $980 $540,079,599 11 Walt Disney Pictures
9 Angel Has Fallen $1,513,120 -37% 1,652 -853 $916 $67,162,153 6 Lionsgate
10 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw $1,178,010 -19% 1,100 -291 $1,071 $172,234,475 9 Universal Pictures
11 Friends 25th: The One With The Anniversary $1,177,873 1,586 $743 $2,054,615 1 Fathom Events
12 Overcomer $901,047 -41% 1,206 -612 $747 $33,141,096 6 Sony Pictures

LIMITED (100 — 999)

# TITLE WEEKEND   LOCATIONS   AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Judy $2,910,160 461 $6,313 $2,910,160 1 Roadside Attractions / LD Entertainment
2 The Peanut Butter Falcon $888,464 -13% 935 -193 $950 $18,109,192 8 Roadside Attractions
3 Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark $801,280 -16% 759 -173 $1,056 $66,828,285 8 CBS Films / Lionsgate
4 Dora and the Lost City of Gold $722,489 -44% 761 -183 $949 $59,437,895 8 Paramount Pictures
5 Brittany Runs A Marathon $653,466 -32% 917 -116 $713 $6,296,599 6 Amazon Studios
6 Once Upon a Time In Hollywood $560,089 -14% 415 -130 $1,350 $139,045,239 10 Sony Pictures
7 Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice $385,484 -10% 247 29 $1,561 $2,265,888 4  
8 The Angry Birds Movie 2 $368,548 -49% 511 -219 $721 $41,091,831 7 Sony Pictures
9 Spider-Man: Far from Home $290,532 -23% 394 -13 $737 $390,153,495 13 Sony / Columbia
10 Toy Story 4 $202,271 -30% 243 -48 $832 $433,033,071 15 Disney
11 The Goldfinch $152,511 -80% 442 -2100 $345 $5,129,636 3 Warner Bros.
12 Official Secrets $149,392 -40% 260 -217 $575 $1,687,554 5 IFC Films
13 Ready or Not $137,469 -36% 201 -100 $684 $28,504,429 6 Fox Searchlight
14 47 Meters Down: Uncaged $131,769 -24% 257 11 $513 $21,977,654 7 Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
15 Aladdin $87,858 -32% 124 -32 $709 $355,383,711 19 Disney
16 The Art of Racing in the Rain $72,241 -42% 149 -82 $485 $26,164,607 8 20th Century Fox
17 Blinded by the Light $41,524 -13% 124 -19 $335 $11,842,193 7 Warner Bros
18 The Zoya Factor $16,566 -79% 100 0 $166 $121,835 2 FIP

PLATFORM (1 — 99)

# TITLE WEEKEND   LOCATIONS   AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Chhichhore $136,495 -33% 78 -20 $1,750 $1,924,497 4 FIP
2 Promare $118,938 9% 31 -23 $3,837 $1,074,289 2 GKIDS
3 The Farewell $72,070 -39% 75 -51 $961 $17,486,737 12 A24
4 Monos $67,326 27% 35 20 $1,924 $215,420 3 Neon
5 Ne Zha $63,301 -49% 38 -17 $1,666 $3,659,988 5 Well Go USA Entertainment
6 Where’s My Roy Cohn? $54,011 31% 12 8 $4,501 $114,735 2 Sony Pictures Classics
7 Miles Davis: Birth of The Cool $47,708 45% 31 8 $1,539 $407,897 6 Abramorama
8 Tod@s Caen $40,686 -45% 60 -8 $678 $2,656,320 5 Lionsgate / Pantelion
9 Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins $29,887 -26% 35 7 $854 $412,476 5 Magnolia Pictures
10 Out Of Liberty $22,897 -24% 27 -7 $848 $189,246 3 Purdie Distribution
11 Aquarela $22,496 472% 69 58 $326 $242,681 7 Sony Pictures Classics
12 Honeyland $22,017 -16% 40 4 $550 $616,662 10 Neon
13 Annabelle Comes Home $21,592 -68% 34 -29 $635 $74,146,239 14 Warner Bros.
14 First Love $21,151 2 $10,576 $21,151 1 Well Go USA Entertainment
15 Fantastic Fungi $19,654 109% 3 2 $6,551 $39,013 2 Area 23a
16 Luce $18,190 -50% 36 -24 $505 $1,993,464 9 NEON
17 Tazza: One-Eyed Jack $16,943 -59% 10 -12 $1,694 $83,079 2 Well Go USA Entertainment
18 Anthropocene: The Human Epoch $16,038 7 $2,291 $76,178 1 Kino Lorber
19 The Fighting Preacher $15,424 -3% 19 -4 $812 $829,444 10 Purdie Distribution
20 The Day Shall Come $14,854 30 $495 $14,854 1 IFC Films
21 The Kitchen $14,580 -51% 46 -37 $317 $12,174,041 8 Warner Bros.
22 Where’d You Go, Bernadette? $14,031 -44% 47 -27 $299 $9,177,536 7 United Artists Releasing
23 Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles $11,285 -61% 26 -23 $434 $509,086 6 Roadside Attractions / Samuel Goldwyn Films
24 Maiden $11,149 -48% 24 -15 $465 $3,119,295 14 Sony Pictures Classics
25 Ms. Purple $11,025 -36% 2 -10 $5,513 $67,570 4 Oscilloscope Laboratories
26 Tigers Are Not Afraid $10,631 111% 19 12 $560 $169,057 6 Variance Films
27 David Crosby: Remember My Name $9,320 -21% 28 -6 $333 $691,368 11 Sony Pictures Classics
28 Loro $8,263 55% 5 4 $1,653 $17,670 2 IFC Films
29 Men in Black: International $7,516 -51% 23 -15 $327 $79,852,938 16 Sony / Columbia
30 Give Me Liberty $7,374 -3% 5 -7 $1,475 $187,416 6 Music Box Films
31 After The Wedding $7,021 -57% 15 -16 $468 $1,559,555 8 Sony Pictures Classics
32 Before You Know It $5,615 -13% 19 1 $296 $129,517 5 1091
33 Tel Aviv on Fire $5,315 53% 4 -2 $1,329 $474,388 9 Cohen Media Group
34 The Sound of Silence $5,166 112% 31 25 $167 $17,029 3 IFC Films
35 Britt-Marie Was Here $4,837 12% 8 5 $605 $11,750 2 Cohen Media Group
36 Fritz Lang’s Indian Epic (Re-release) $4,401 1 $4,401 $4,401 1 Film Movement
37 Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements $3,586 86% 4 3 $897 $15,252 3 Abramorama
38 One Cut of the Dead $3,465 -71% 4 -3 $866 $46,276 3 Shudder
39 Edie $3,044 -59% 4 -7 $761 $48,711 4 Music Box Films
40 The Gliksmans $2,922 3 $974 $2,922 1 Indican Pictures
41 Ága $2,874 2218% 2 1 $1,437 $11,678 4 Big World Pictures
42 Rojo $2,578 91% 2 1 $1,289 $91,213 12 Distrib Films
43 A Faithful Man $2,494 119% 3 1 $831 $75,623 11 Kino Lorber
44 Série noire $2,088 1 $2,088 $2,088 1 Rialto Pictures
45 Cold Case Hammarskjöld $2,087 20% 3 0 $696 $101,201 7 Magnolia Pictures
46 Echo In the Canyon $1,599 -15% 4 -3 $400 $3,347,373 19 Greenwich Entertainment
47 The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith $1,553 -62% 4 0 $388 $1,800,991 14 ArtAffects Entertainment
48 Desolation Center $1,533 -70% 2 -3 $767 $17,223 3 Matson Films
49 Chained for Life $1,200 30% 1 -1 $1,200 $13,362 3 Kino Lorber Films
50 Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am $1,010 -70% 5 -4 $202 $894,693 15 Magnolia Pictures
51 Mike Wallace is Here $994 228% 3 1 $331 $278,789 10 Magnolia Pictures
52 Fagara $900 -56% 1 0 $900 $43,262 3 China Lion Film
53 Balloon $756 1 $756 $16,792 4 Distrib Films
54 Imprisoned $704 -88% 1 -1 $704 $12,050 3  
55 The Mountain $669 12% 2 -2 $335 $59,273 10 Kino Lorber
56 Union $462 1 $462 $19,860 9 Indican Pictures
57 Long Day’s Journey Into Night $424 -86% 1 -3 $424 $517,859 25 Kino Lorber
58 The Chambermaid $193 -2% 1 -1 $193 $82,108 14 Kino Lorber

Sunday Update: Families returned to North American multiplexes over the final weekend of September with the release of Universal’s Abominable, the first animated film to debut since Warner Bros.’ Angry Birds 2 in mid-August. Though the Dreamworks Animation and Pearl Studio title opened to a relatively modest $20.8 million estimate — a few million shy of last September’s Smallfoot ($23 milllion) — it was enough to lift the Chinese co-production to No. 1 over holdovers including Downton Abbey, Hustlers and Ad Astra.

Debuting on an ultra-wide 4,242 screens, Abominable opened at the higher end of expectations thanks to a mixture of generally positive reviews (80% “Fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes), a relatively enthusiastic audience response (“A” Cinemascore) and the aforementioned fact of it being the first animated release to hit theaters in over a month. While the film’s opening is definitely on the low end for a Dreamworks Animation title, it’s a reasonably healthy debut for a film with a budget reported to be $75 million — and with buy-in from the China-based Pearl Studio and a plot that sees its teenage character traversing the Asian nation to return a young Yeti to his family, its international performance could well make up for any shortfalls on the domestic front.

Before diving into the rest of the Top 10, it should be noted that the weekend box office was rather less robust than it otherwise might have been, as Universal’s horror-satire The Hunt was previously slated to open on Friday before being pulled by the studio following mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso back in August.

Finishing in second place was last weekend’s champion Downton Abbey with an estimated $14.5 million in its sophomore frame, representing a drop of 53% from its Focus Features-record $31 million debut. The continuation of the hit TV series now boasts a strong $58.5 million through Sunday, which already makes it the fifth highest-grossing release in the studio’s history.

STX’s Hustlers rose from fifth to third place this weekend with an estimated $11.4 million, bringing the total for the Jennifer Lopez-Constance Wu crime drama to a fantastic $80.6 million in just 17 days. That puts the critically-acclaimed title in third place all-time among the studio’s releases, behind only Bad Moms ($113.2 million) and The Upside ($108.2 million).

In fourth place was IT Chapter Two with an estimated $10.4 million, putting the horror sequel in striking distance of $200 million with a total of $193.9 million to date.

Last weekend’s sci-fi newcomer Ad Astra dipped 47% to an estimated $10.1 million in fifth place, putting the Brad Pitt vehicle at $35.5 million in its first ten days. The Disney-released Fox title had a similar second weekend drop as last year’s First Man, which started slightly lower at $16 million and finished its domestic run with a disappointing $44.9 million.

Another newcomer last weekend — Lionsgate’s Rambo: Last Blood — fell to sixth in its second weekend with an estimated $8.5 million, representing a rather steep drop of 56% from its $18.8 million debut. That puts the Sylvester Stallone sequel at $33.1 million after ten days, pacing it about 9% ahead of 2008’s Rambo at the same point in its run not adjusting for inflation.

Aside from Abominable, the only other major opener this weekend was Roadside Attractions’ Judy, starring Renee Zellweger as legendary entertainer Judy Garland. Debuting with a reasonably healthy $2.9 million from 461 locations — good for a per-screen average $6,362 — the film no doubt received a boost from Oscar talk for its leading lady, whose lead performance has made up the bulk of the critical praise for the biopic. Look for this one to debut wider in the coming weeks as it moves into the thick of fall prestige season.

In eighth, the resilient Good Boys dipped just 21% to an estimated $2 million in its seventh weekend, bringing the total for the Universal comedy to a superb $80.3 million to date.

A surprise entrant in the Top 10 was Fathom Events’ release of Friends 25th: The One With the Anniversary, a special celebration of the iconic TV series that’s slated to play in theaters three separate times this fall. Each showing includes newly de-archived bonus content and four episodes hand-picked by Friends producers, and this weekend — the second in the series — it brought in an estimated $1.8 million from 1,600 screens, bringing the running total to $2.7 million.

Rounding out the Top 10 this weekend was Disney’s The Lion King, which brought in an estimated $1.6 million for a total of $540 million to date.

Overseas Update: 

Ad Astra brought in an estimated $18 million this weekend from 50 territories, including such major new markets as Italy, Russia and Brazil. The international total for the Disney-released Fox title now stands at an estimated $53.5 million, while the global tally is $89 million to date.

Warner Bros.’ IT Chapter Two rose to $223.5 million internationally with another estimated $11 million this weekend, bringing the global cume for the Stephen King adaptation to $417.4 million to date.


Sunday’s Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic)

FRI, SEP. 27 – SUN, SEP. 29

WIDE (1000+)

# TITLE WEEKEND   LOCATIONS   AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Abominable $20,760,000 4,242 $4,894 $20,760,000 1 Universal Pictures
2 Downton Abbey $14,500,000 -53% 3,390 311 $4,277 $58,509,850 2 Focus Features
3 Hustlers $11,470,000 -32% 3,508 -17 $3,270 $80,634,711 3 STX Entertainment
4 It Chapter Two $10,390,000 -39% 3,611 -545 $2,877 $193,911,049 4 Warner Bros
5 Ad Astra $10,143,000 -47% 3,460 0 $2,932 $35,525,600 2 20th Century Fox
6 Rambo: Last Blood $8,575,000 -55% 3,618 0 $2,370 $33,150,810 2 Lionsgate
7 Good Boys $2,010,000 -22% 1,503 -522 $1,337 $80,379,855 7 Universal Pictures
8 The Lion King $1,603,000 -40% 1,691 -287 $948 $540,025,662 11 Walt Disney Pictures
9 Angel Has Fallen $1,535,000 -36% 1,652 -853 $929 $67,184,033 6 Lionsgate
10 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw $1,200,000 -18% 1,100 -291 $1,091 $172,256,465 9 Universal Pictures
11 Overcomer $900,000 -41% 1,206 -612 $746 $33,140,049 6 Sony Pictures

LIMITED (100 — 999)

# TITLE WEEKEND   LOCATIONS   AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Judy $3,091,417 461 $6,706 $3,091,417 1 Roadside Attractions / LD Entertainment
2 The Peanut Butter Falcon $908,270 -11% 935 -193 $971 $18,128,998 8 Roadside Attractions
3 Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark $790,000 -17% 759 -173 $1,041 $66,817,005 8 CBS Films / Lionsgate
4 Dora and the Lost City of Gold $700,000 -45% 761 -183 $920 $59,415,406 8 Paramount Pictures
5 Brittany Runs A Marathon $641,900 -33% 917 -116 $700 $6,285,033 6 Amazon Studios
6 Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice $416,729 -2% 247 29 $1,687 $2,297,133 4  
7 Toy Story 4 $215,000 -26% 243 -48 $885 $433,045,800 15 Disney
8 Ready or Not $140,000 -35% 201 -100 $697 $28,506,960 6 Fox Searchlight
9 47 Meters Down: Uncaged $125,000 -28% 257 11 $486 $21,970,885 7 Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
10 Aladdin $91,000 -30% 124 -32 $734 $355,386,853 19 Disney
11 The Art of Racing in the Rain $75,000 -40% 149 -82 $503 $26,167,366 8 20th Century Fox
12 The Zoya Factor $26,000 -67% 100 0 $260 $131,269 2 FIP

PLATFORM (1 — 99)

# TITLE WEEKEND   LOCATIONS   AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Chhichhore $139,000 -32% 78 -20 $1,782 $1,927,002 4 FIP
2 Promare $113,455 4% 31 -23 $3,660 $1,068,806 2 GKIDS
3 The Farewell $74,075 -37% 75 -51 $988 $17,488,742 12 A24
4 Where’s My Roy Cohn? $60,089 46% 12 8 $5,007 $120,813 2 Sony Pictures Classics
5 Miles Davis: Birth of The Cool $51,278 56% 31 8 $1,654 $411,467 6 Abramorama
6 Tod@s Caen $39,000 -47% 60 -8 $650 $2,654,634 5 Lionsgate / Pantelion
7 First Love $24,150 2 $12,075 $24,150 1 Well Go USA Entertainment
8 Fantastic Fungi $20,100 113% 3 2 $6,700 $39,459 2 Area 23a
9 Ms. Purple $11,025 -36% 2 -10 $5,513 $67,570 4 Oscilloscope Laboratories
10 Tel Aviv on Fire $5,177 49% 4 -2 $1,294 $5,177 9 Cohen Media Group
11 Britt-Marie Was Here $5,002 16% 8 5 $625 $5,002 2 Cohen Media Group
12 Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements $3,586 86% 4 3 $897 $15,252 3 Abramorama
13 Ága $2,818 2173% 2 1 $1,409 $11,621 4 Big World Pictures

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