Abominable Snows Under the Competition

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I just returned from a week on the beach, where the sun always shined and not a day’s temperature dipped below 80 degrees. But at theaters across the country, it looked less chill and more … chilly?

Granted, the Yeti at the heart of Abominable took a while to find the snowcapped Himalayas. But the animated flick looked as cool as the proverbial snowman atop the peak of the box office, sledding to an estimated $20.9 million in North America. That’s not exactly an avalanche of cash by Hollywood standards; more like a light dusting. Still, a win is a win. And according to Box Office Mojo, it’s the seventh Universal pic to win a weekend this year.

Downton Abbey saw its own fortunes slip a bit, as Abominable pushed it from No. 1 to No. 2. Still, you can expect this ever-so-British film to keep a stiff upper lip, primly folding $14.5 million in Yankee currency into its trouser pockets. Downton has now earned $58.5 million in two weeks, which should be just enough to re-varnish the Abbey’s floors. Keep calm and earn on, as they say.

Jennifer Lopez’s Hustlers actually rebounded a bit this weekend, bouncing from fifth to third place. It banked $11.5 million, pushing its domestic tally to $80.6 million. Meanwhile, IT: Chapter Two continues to bare its box-office teeth, biting into another $10.4 million. The Stephen King progeny has now earned $193.9 million, which makes it the year’s seventh highest-grossing movie. Sure, Chapter Two’s screen may often be red, but its bottom line is all black.

Ad Astra’s intended rocket ride to the box-office stratosphere never quite materialized, and its afterburners seem to be a little flaky, too. It earned $10.1 million in its second week of work, giving it $35.5 million.

The only other newcomer of note this weekend is Judy, starring Renee Zellweger. Opening in fewer than 500 theaters, the Judy Garland biopic still earned $3.1 million. While that’s not exactly over the rainbow, it’s not too shabby, either.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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Anonymous 12 months ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

Everyone's more likely than not just waiting for Joker to come out. That's probably why it's been such a slow weekend. I will be very interested to read Plugged In's review for the film, and hope that the R rating isn't too mature.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Everything I read about Joker seemed quite disturbing. I suspect it deserves an R.
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