Marking DreamWorks Animation's first animated studio photo of the fall season, Abominable easily climbed the weekend box office charts with $ 20.9 million in 4,242 theaters.
Disgusting is from filmmaker Jill Culton, the first woman to be credited as lead director and writer of an animated Hollywood studio photo (Todd Wilderman is credited as co-director). It is also the first co-production between DWA and Pearl Studios of China. The film is scheduled to open on Tuesday in China.
In other countries, the family movie grossed $ 8.8 million in 30 markets, totaling an initial total of $ 10.2 million and $ 31 million worldwide.
The PG-rated photo chronicles the adventures of a teenage girl (Chloe Bennet) and her two friends (Tenzing Norgay Trainor, Albert Tsai) who embark on a four-mile adventure across China to the majestic Himalayas to reunite a young Yeti, who they call Everest with their family. All the while, they must stay one step ahead of a rich man (Eddie Izzard) intent on retrieving the magical creature and an anxious zoologist (Sarah Paulson).
The movie, driven by A CinemaScore and strong PostTrak outlets, performed especially well in the Latin American and Asian markets. Among ticket buyers, 42% were Caucasian, followed by Hispanics (28%), Asian / Other (18%) and African Americans (12%). Almost half of the audience (46%) was 18 or younger.
Abominable marked the biggest opening of the year so far for an original animated film; It also joins other Universal releases, Us and Good Boys, as the only original 2019 films to be the first.
At the box office of the awards, Judee, starring Renee Zellweger, sang out loud at her debut, reaching 7th place with $ 3.1 million in 461 theaters, which Roadside Attractions and LD Entertainment say is number one debut of the year. for launching a platform.
Judy Garland's biography earned an A-CinemaScore, while 79% of ticket buyers were 35 or older. The film's average location was $ 6,705, the best of any movie in the top 10.
Judy wasn't Roadside's only win over the weekend. The Armory Films peanut butter hawk starring Shia LeBeouf and Dakota Fanning has passed The Farewell to become the highest grossing platform of the year to date ($ 18.1 million vs. $ 17.5 millions).
Back on top of the chart, Focus Features box office escape, Downton Abbey, surpassed the $ 100 million mark worldwide. In the US, the film dropped to second place over the second weekend, dropping 54% to $ 14.5 million to a domestic total of $ 58.5 million. The continuation of the popular British TV series grossed another $ 10.2 million abroad for a foreign amount of $ 48.6 million and a global investment of $ 107.1 million through Sunday.
STXfilms Hustlers continued their torrid pace, dropping 32% over the third weekend to $ 11.5 million for a domestic total of $ 80.6 million and $ 95.4 million worldwide.
Chapter two – which exceeded the $ 400 million global box office limit – remained at the top of the ranking for the fourth weekend, earning $ 10.4 million for a domestic sum of $ 193.9 million. Abroad, the follow-up raised $ 11 million for a foreign amount of $ 223.5 million and $ 417.4 million worldwide.
New Regency and Fox's big-budget effort, Ad Astra, dropped to fifth place over the second weekend. Brad Pitt's astronaut photo has earned $ 10.1 million, totaling $ 35.5 million domestically so far. Abroad, it added $ 18 million to a foreign total of $ 53.5 million and $ 89 million globally.
Ad Astra led Rambo: Last Blood, which grossed $ 8.6 million in its second session, totaling $ 33.2 million.
This article originally appeared in The Hollywood Reporter.