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Abominable Tops the Weekend Box Office

Abominable

Abominable won the weekend with an estimated $20.9 million. That’s the largest opening for an original animated film in 2019. It’s also only one of three original films to top the box office in North America in 2019.

Internationally, the film is playing in 30 foreign territories where it brought in $8.8 million.

That $31.1 million is far short the $75 million budget and with the animated Adams Family film around the corner, the film may struggle to turn a profit. The film did get a good word of mouth with an “A” CinemaScore and a 96% score currently on RottenTomatoes which all gives it a fighting chance.

In second place was Downton Abbey which brought in an estimated $14.5 million in its second weekend. It also added $10 million internationally. Worldwide, the film has earned $107.1 million so far.

Hustlers dropped just 32% for an estimated $11.5 million over the three days. The domestic total is now over $80 million. The film also added $3 million internationally to bring that total to $14.8 million and a worldwide total of $95.4 million.

In fourth place was It: Chapter Two which earned an estimated $10.4 million. That’s just a 32% dip in its fourth week. The film has eanred $193.9 million domestically. Internationally it added $11 million to bring that total to $223.5 million for a worldwide total of $417.4 million.

Rounding out the top five was Ad Astra which dropped from second the previous week. The film earned an estimated $10.1 million in its second week to bring its domestic total to $35.5 million. The film also earned $18 million overseas from 50 markets to bring that total to $53.5 million.

No comic films made the top 37 listing but we’ll be back in an hour for a deeper dive into 2019’s films.

Downton Abbey Takes First with a Record for Focus Features

Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey won the weekend with an estimated $31 million. That’s Focus Features’ largest opening ever.

The film opened with an audience that was 74% female and the audience was 60% aged 35 or older. The film received an “A” CinemaScore and has a 96% audience score on RottenTomatoes and 7.8/10 on IMBD as of this post.

Internationally, the film opened in 17 markets last weekend and added 15 this week for 32 total. The film brought in an estimated $10 million to bring its international total to $30.8 million for a worldwide total of $61.8 million so far.

It was a close race for second as Ad Astra barely beat Rambo: Last Blood. Ad Astra earned an estimated $19.2 million, not great for a film with an $80-$100 million budget. The film also earned an estimated $26 million from 44 markets.

The film received a “B-” CinemaScore and had an audience that was 54% male and 73% aged 25 or older.

Rambo: Last Blood was third with an estimated $19 million which was just ahead of the previous chapter’s $18.2 million debut. Audiences gave that film a “B” CinemaScore and the audience was 66% male.

It: Chapter Two dropped to fourth place with an estimated $17.2 million domestically to bring that total to $179.2 million. It’s the third-largest R-rated horror film domestically of all-time.

Rounding out the top five was Hustlers with an estimated $17 million to bring its domestic total to $62.5 million. It also added $3 million from 18 markets for a foreign total just shy of $10 million.

In comic based films…

Spider-Man: Far From Home earned an estimated $340,000 after 12 weeks to bring its domestic total to $389.7 million.

We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper look at 2019’s comic adaptations.

What Do You Get When You Mix Comics and Social Justice?

michael_deforge_tcaf_2014_poster_1000px1This weekend sees the Toronto Comics Arts Festival and there looks to be some fantastic panels that mix comics, politics, and social issues!

Political Cartoonist and Protest Artist Seth Tobocman in Toronto for TCAF!

Since 1979, cartoonist and protest artist Seth Tobocman has found unprecedented ways of combining art with social justice. Decades later, his work continues to recycled by activists worldwide in the form of political posters, pamphlets, album artwork, tattoos, jewelry, graffiti stencils, and more. He also co-founded (and continues to edit) “World War 3 Illustrated,” the longest-running anthology of political comic art available in the English language.

“Political Comix and the Art of Protest”

Saturday, May 10th | 6PM
A welcoming party, presentation by Seth, and social mixer. Food and drinks available for purchase | Non-alcoholic drinks available for free | Entry is PWYC
@ Ad Astra Comix | 156 Bathurst Street | 2nd Floor
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“35 Years of World War 3 Illustrated”

Sunday, May 11th | 1:30 PM
A presentation of the radical comics anthology by Seth Tobocman at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. Organized as a workshop of TCAF | Entry is FREE.
@ Marriott Hotel | 90 Bloor Street East
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An Original Ad Astra Workshop:

“GRAPHIC ACTIVISM: Using & Making Comics for Social Change”
Sunday, May 11 | 3pm – 4pm
Toronto Reference Library | Learning Center
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What is a political comic? How have comics, cartoons, and other forms of narrative art been used historically for education– even social movements and political campaigns?

More importantly, how can YOU make a comic about an issue YOU care about? Join us for this crash-course workshop on how political comics may become this generation’s most powerful tool for social change.

I wish I could be at the show, because those sound like some great panels.