Next weekend’s big domestic release, Paramount and Skydance’s Gemini Man, got a head start internationally this weekend. The Ang Lee-directed action flick, shot in 120 frames-per-second (most movies are shot in 24-frames-per-second), stars Will Smith as an aging assassin who gets hunted by a younger clone of himself. The film has earned mixed reviews thus far (I’m seeing it tomorrow night) and earned $7 million in what amounts to 18% of its international footprint. It topped the box office in all five territories (France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Israel) and will open around the world this weekend.

Bollywood’s War is continuing to pull in record-breaking opening numbers following its Wednesday debut in India. The Hrithik Roshan/Tiger Shroff action spectacular opened on Wednesday in India (and North America, yes I had a good time with it) with a record-crushing 53.5 million (in Indian currency) in its first day in India, which is around $7.5 million in converted US dollars, setting an opening day record for a Bollywood flick.

At last glance, the film has earned 25 million crore (around $3.53 million) on Saturday for a four-day cume of 125.15 million crore (around $17.7 million) heading into Sunday. Directed by Siddharth Anand, the film opened in 305 domestic theaters and grossed $2 million in 305 theaters for a solid $6,557 per-theater average over the Wed-Sun launch.

In grimmer news for overseas box office, DreamWorks and Pearl Studio’s Abominable is (thus far) bombing in China. The Jill Culton-directed toon, about a young girl grieving the loss of her father who stumbles upon a lost yeti, takes place in modern Shanghai and features mostly Chinese protagonists. It’s also one of DreamWorks’ better non-sequels years, so I wish it were doing better.

Alas, it opened on Tuesday on National Day against three other big Chinese offerings (My People My Country, The Captain and The Climbers) and got sacked. The film has earned just $11.2 million in its first six days, with the faint hope that it leg out over the next few weeks. Like Crazy Rich Asians, what counts as a big deal for representation in America is “just Tuesday” in China.

Abominable still earned $12 million (-42%) in its second weekend in North America for a $37.833 million ten-day gross. That hold is right in the happy place for a DWA title, meaning the $75 million-budgeted Universal release could still end up with close to $70 million domestic by the end. It’s no super smash, but it has earned $76 million worldwide with nine major markets set to launch next weekend.



In better news for Comcast, Focus Features’ Downton Abbey earned another $8 million (-44%) in its third weekend for a robust $73.626 million 17-day cume. It should pass Brokeback Mountain ($83 million in 2005/2006) in a couple of weeks to become Focus Features’ biggest (sans inflation) domestic earner. And, again sans inflation, it’ll also pass the $84 million gross (in 1998) of X-Files: Fight the Future. The $13 million television-to-film continuation has earned $135.4 million worldwide.

Meanwhile, STX’s Hustlers crossed $100 million worldwide this week and is aiming for $100 million domestic. The Constance Wu/Jennifer Lopez crime dramady earned another $6.3 million (-46%) in weekend four. That gives the $20 million, R-rated flick a $91.321 million 24-day cume. It should pass $100 million on the weekend of October 17 and it has now earned $110 million worldwide.

Fox/Disney’s Ad Astra will earn $4.557 million (-54%) in its third weekend after losing 550 theaters for a $43.4 million cume. The $100 million sci-fi drama has earned $while Lionsgate’s Rambo: Last Blood will earn $3.49 million (-59%) for a $39.8 million 17-day total. Walt Disney’s The Lion King passed $540 million domestic today while Roadside Attractions’ The Peanut Butter Falcon (the year’s biggest-grossing indie/platformed title) will be near $19 million by tonight. Meanwhile, Roadside Attractions and LD Entertainment’s Judy expanded to 1,458 theaters and grossed $4.445 million (+52%) for a $3,049 per-theater average and $8.904 million ten-day cume.

Warner Bros. and New Line’s It Chapter Two earned $5.355 million (-48%) over the weekend for a new $202.2 million domestic cume. That makes it the year’s first non-Disney or Marvel movie to pass that benchmark. WB’s Joker looks like a safe bet to follow and, save for presumably Sony’s Jumanji: The Next Level, will be among the only non-Disney/non-Marvel movies of the year to pass that figure. Maybe Jumanji 3 will have a killer clown to make it a hat trick. Meanwhile, Lionsgate’s Angel Has Fallen has earned $68.31 million domestic and $127 million worldwide while Rambo: Last Blood (also Lionsgate) has $39.8 million domestic and $64 million worldwide.

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