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'Abominable' sits atop the box office, 'Downton Abbey,' 'Hustlers' and 'It' hold strong

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(from left) – Peng (Albert Tsai), Everest, Yi (Chloe Bennet) and Jin (Tenzing Norgay Trainor) in DreamWorks Animation and Pearl Studio’s "Abominable," written and directed by Jill Culton. (Photo: DreamWorks Animation)

Weekend End Box Office: September 27-29, 2019

SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — DreamWorks Animation’s “Abominable” will headline this week’s box office report with $20.76 million. The film also earned $10 million overseas. After three days in release, “Abominable” has earned $31 million. The film’s big push will come from China will come when it opens in wide release next week. The film cost $75 million and will roughly need to make $140 million to turn a profit.

Downton Abbey” fell 53% in its second week with a box office take of $14.5 million. That pushes the domestic total to $58 million and the worldwide number to $107 million. Those are great numbers for Focus Features. After 10 days, “Downtown Abbey” is already the fifth highest earning film domestically for the studio. It will easily move up to third place by this time next week and will only trail 2009’s “Coraline” and 2005’s “Brokeback Mountain.” Considering the film cost around $20 million to make, you might want to pencil in another cinematic return to Downton Abbey for 2022.

The big-picture story of the week might be STX Entertainment’s “Hustlers.” In its third weekend, the film brought in $11.4 million for a domestic total of $80 million. That might not seem like a big deal when compared to the billions that Marvel is making, but for STX it might just save the studio and will likely green light any project Jennifer Lopez wants to set up there (last year’s “Second Act” was also a modest hit). It’s been a bumpy road in for STX as their roster of films have failed to turn a profit. “The Happytime Murders” and “UglyDolls” lost a considerable amount of money. Between “The Upside,” which was acquired from The Weinstein Company and finished with $122 million worldwide, and “Hustlers,” STX’s 2019 might not be remotely as bleak as it initially appeared.

In its fourth weekend, “It: Chapter Two” added $10.9 million for a domestic total of $193.91 million. Worldwide the film has earned $417 million. Those are fantastic numbers that, sadly, pale to the first film’s $700 million worldwide total. That said, “It” was a massive anomaly. Warner Bros. investors might be disappointed, but $417 million is an exceptional total for a horror film. I suspect that total will top $500 million by the time we reach November. Just imagine what the numbers might look like if “It: Chapter Two” was as well-crafted as the first film.

In its second weekend “Ad Astra” fell a healthy 46% with $10 million for a domestic total of $35,5 million. The problem here is that the film likely cost at least $80 million to make. Its worldwide total is $89 million. It’s too early to call the film a bust, but Fox and Disney have to be a little nervous at this point.

Judy,” the Judy Garland biopic starring Renée Zellweger, opened in limited release with $3 million with a healthy average of $6,705 per screen.

Two other totals of interest are “The Lion King” worldwide tally of $1.63 billion and the quiet, but impressive run for the feel-good flick “The Peanut Butter Falcon” that has now earned $18 million. That’s a huge win for Roadside Attractions.


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