This is the second straight year that a yeti-themed animated film has hit theaters at the end of September. Last year, that offering was Warner Bros.’ “Smallfoot,” which opened to $23 million and went on to gross $83 million domestic and $214 million worldwide. “Abominable” has the word of mouth needed to post similar number — 80% on Rotten Tomatoes and an A on CinemaScore — but will face competition for family audiences with “The Addams Family” and “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.”
Overseas, “Abominable” added $10.2 million from 30 territories. China is not included in this total, as Pearl Studio is handling distribution as part of a deal that also saw the animation outlet co-finance the movie’s $70 million budget.
Overall, this has been a solid two months for Universal, with “Hobbs & Shaw” passing $750 million in global grosses this past weekend while “Abominable” and “Good Boys” joined fellow studio release “Us” as the only three original films to open to No. 1 on the box office charts.
And while Focus Features is not officially counted towards the studio’s $1.12 billion annual domestic total, the Universal indie wing is continuing to do well with “Downton Abbey,” grossing $14.5 million in its second weekend to bring its 10-day domestic total to $58.5 million. Counting “Downton,” eight Universal films have topped the charts so far this year.
More to come…