BOX OFFICE REPORT
September 20-22, 2019
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|Downton Abbey||$31 million|
|Ad Astra||$19.2 million|
|Rambo: Last Blood||$19 million|
|It: Chapter Two||$17.2 million|
While it seemed like Brad Pitt's intellectual sci-fi movie would take on Sylvester Stallone's macho action flick, it was the deliberately not action-packed film that dominated the box office this weekend. Downton Abbey, the movie sequel to the British series that ended four years ago, led every film with an estimated $31 million. That's the biggest opening ever for the studio Focus, which started as a indie shingle for Universal and now serves as a home for modestly budgeted adult-aimed films.
Brad Pitt produced and starred in James Gray's big-budget foray Ad Astra. That's a smaller opening than Alita: Battle Angel or Dark Phoenix, so it will take strong word-of-mouth to become any sort of modest hit. Movie stars may still matter, but even they can't guarantee a big hit for something that's not based on IP audiences already have a fondness for. Still, it beat out Rambo: Last Blood. Its $19 million debut is slightly ahead of what the fourth film did more than a decade ago. There's a small possibility it becomes the fourth or even third biggest Rambo movie, but this seems like it will fade quickly.
It: Chapter Two dropped from first to fourth, with $17.2 million this weekend. That puts it in seventh place for the year so far and the No. 2 Stephen King adaptation. Hustlers dropped to fifth, becoming STX's fourth-biggest film ever in the process. Overall, this was one of the strongest weekends at the box office. While there was no massive opening, it's been years since each film in the top 5 made $17 million or more.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: Where's My Roy Cohn?, the documentary on the influential, awful attorney. It averaged $10,591 on its four screens. You can read our review from Sundance here.
- The Goldfinch fell even further into a spiral this weekend. It dropped a staggering 71 percent, earning an abysmal $770,000.
- Official Secrets is basically being kept a secret. The Keira Knightley film, based on a true story, added 151 more screens, but still fell 49 percent.
Kids will be feeling Abominable, as they'll be itching for their parents to take them to another kids' movie. The animated flick will take the top spot, but only with around $25 million. That's the only new wide release.