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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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