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ADORABLE ABOMINABLE. Abominable, written and directed by Jill Culton, is an animated film about a Shanghai teenager who discovers a lost yeti on the roof of her apartment building. She and her friends traverse China to return the creature, whom they name "Everest," home to the Himalayas. (Image courtesy of DreamWorks Animation LLC)
From The Asian Reporter, V29, #19 (October 7, 2019), pages 1 & 15.
Abominable brings in $20.9 million during its opening weekend
By Jake Coyle
The Associated Press
NEW YORK ó The DreamWorks animated adventure Abominable topped the box office with $20.9 million in ticket sales over its first weekend, according to studio estimates, while the Renee Zellweger-led Judy Garland tale Judy got off to a strong start.
Abominable, which was the sole new wide release, is a co-production between Universalís DreamWorks and Shanghai-based Pearl Studios. So the $75-million-filmís performance in China will be vital to its worldwide success.
The film, written and directed by Jill Culton, is about a Shanghai teenager (Chloe Bennet) who discovers a lost yeti on the roof of her apartment building. She and a pair of friends traverse China to return the creature, whom they name "Everest," home to the Himalayas. Abominable garnered positive reviews (80% on Rotten Tomatoes) and a warm reception from audiences (an A CinemaScore) eager for a family-friendly option.
Abominable marks the seventh No. 1 film this year for Universal, or eight if you count Downton Abbey, released by the studioís specialty label, Focus Features. Downton, the previous weekís top film, slid to second with $14.5 million. The big-screen encore for the British series has already grossed more than $107.1 million worldwide.
That gives Universal the most No. 1 movies of any studio this year, passing Disney. Though Disney still commands an overwhelming market share of about 34%, Universal has had a strong year with a varied slate (Us, Hobbs & Shaw, Yesterday). The studio accounts for all three of the yearís No. 1-debuting original releases: Abominable, Us, and Good Boys.
"Itís not going to be all superheroes all the time. Thatís not necessarily going to be everyoneís cup of tea," said Jim Orr, distribution chief for Universal. "When we have films like Abominable, Yesterday, Good Boys, Us, weíre bringing a lot of different people into the theaters and thatís good for everyone. Thatís good for the entire industry."
Itís been a good run for original films lately at the box office. The stripper drama Hustlers, from STX Entertainment, held strong with $11.5 million in its third week, dropping just 32%. Itís now made more than $80.6 million altogether. Hustlers potentially may have received a boost by having its star ó Jennifer Lopez ó announced as next yearís Super Bowl halftime act, along with Shakira.
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