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Box Office Report For September 20-22

Welcome back to the weekly box office report! As is always the case, each and every Sunday you can expect a look at what made the most money in theaters, as well as just how all of the new releases fared. This week, a high profile television show gets a theatrical follow up in Downton Abbey, hoping to fight off Rambo: Last Blood, as well as a potential awards player in Ad Astra. Then, there’s the hit horror sequel It: Chapter Two, as well as Jennifer Lopez and Hustlers. Who emerged victorious? Read on to see how the weekend turned out…

Taking the top spot was Downton Abbey, exceeding expectations with an estimated $31 million haul. Internationally, it took in about the same amount as well, so fans of the hit program were clearly pumped up to see this one. Whether it holds well in the weeks ahead remains to be seen, but this is the biggest opening weekend to date for Focus Features.

At number two, we have James Gray and Brad Pitt’s Oscar hopeful Ad Astra. Strong reviews helped to power this one to a solid $19.2 million start. Positioned more as a prestige picture than a science fiction epic, this could potentially be a flick that shows some nice holds in the coming weeks, especially if buzz about awards for Pitt continues to build.

Third place went to Rambo: Last Blood, which scored a shade over $19 million, despite fairly poor reviews. This is likely on the low end of the what the studio was expecting, but still a decent enough haul. Sylvester Stallone’s other seminal character may be a thing of the past, however, since this isn’t going to get him the acclaim that Rocky Balboa’s most recent outings have.

It: Chapter Two fell to fourth, with $17.2 million, while down to the fifth slot went Hustlers, which took in $17 million. The trio of new releases did very little to temper the box offices of these two, which are pleasing the powers that be at Warner Bros. and STX, respectively. Then, there was The Goldfinch, which fell to fifteenth place and only made 770K, losing over 71% in its second frame. Ouch.

Among indie/limited release titles, the documentary Where’s My Roy Cohn? took in about 42K from four screens, while the foreign film Loro made a little over 5K on a single screen…

Here now is what the (estimated) top ten looked like at the box office for this weekend:

1. Downton Abbey – $31,000,000

2. Ad Astra – $19,210,000

3. Rambo: Last Blood – $19,015,000

4. It: Chapter Two – $17,245,000

5. Hustlers – $17,000,000

6. The Lion King – $2,572,000

7. Good Boys – $2,510,000

8. Angel Has Fallen – $2,400,000

9. Overcomer – $1,500,000

10. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw – $1,460,000

Beyond the top ten, here’s some further results at the box office:

11. Dora and the Lost City of Gold – $1,220,000

12. Brittany Runs a Marathon – $1,044,379

13. The Peanut Butter Falcon – $1,015,480

14. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark – $990,000

15. The Goldfinch – $770,000

16. The Angry Birds Movie 2 – $685,000

17. Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood – $640,000

18. Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice – $436,600

19. Spider-Man: Far From Home – $340,000

20. Toy Story 4 – $314,000

21. Official Secrets – $265,714

22. Ready or Not – $223,000

23. Chhichhore – $205,000

24. 47 Meters Down: Uncaged – $170,000

25. Aladdin – $136,000

26. The Art of Racing in the Rain – $129,000

27. The Farewell – $114,060

28. Promare – $88,044

29. The Zoya Factor – $79,000

30. Tod@s Caen – $73,000

Until next weekend!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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