Brad Pitt’s Ad Astra takes $1.95m in first weekend at the box office, but fails to top Downton Abbey

Ad Astra, the science fiction film fronted by Brad Pitt and co-written and directed by James Gray, took $1.947m in its first weekend in the Australian box office across 364 screens, giving it a strong launch but failing to topple Downton Abbey.

The film, which picks up where the TV show of the same title left off in 2015, took $2.256m for its second weekend across 452 screens, for a running total of $7.097m.

Downton Abbey, which also beat out both Ad Astra and the newest addition to the Rambo franchise, Rambo: Last Blood, in the American box office, just pushed past US$70m in global revenue.

Rambo: Last Blood struggled in the Australian box office, taking $976,901 for its first week out, landing in fifth place behind comedy Good Boys which premiered to $1.271m and IT: Chapter 2 which took another $1.396m for the third week out. Rambo showed across 263 screens, Good Boys 227 and IT 305.

The Angry Birds Movie 2 took a further $920,750 across 359 screens for its second week, and Universal’s Abominable premiered to $916,541 over 277 screens. The children’s animated film follows the story of Yi who discovers a yeti living on the roof of her apartment building and endeavours to return it to its home.

Dora and the Lost City of Gold, the first live-action adaption of the Dora the Explorer animated series, also had its first weekend in the box office, bringing in $784,073 across 264 screens for eighth positions on the charts.

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood still managed to nudge into the top 10, holding ninth place with a further $443,393 added to its running total which has just broken $20m at the Australian box office. It was followed by Nikka Zaildar 3, a romantic comedy that sees Nikka possessed by the spirit of his dead father. It took $157,842 across 33 screens.

Title (Distributor) Weekend B/O Screens Total B/O
Downton Abbey (Universal) $2,256,068 452 $7,097,185
Ad Astra (Fox) $1,947,761 364 $1,947,761
It: Chapter 2 (Wb) $1,396,778 305 $13,159,452
Good Boys (Universal) $1,271,466 227 $1,759,961
Rambo: Last Blood (Roadshow) $976,901 263 $977,451
The Angry Birds Movie 2 (Sony) $920,750 359 $2,707,089
Abominable (Universal) $916,541 277 $916,541
Dora And The Lost City Of Gold (Paramount) $784,073 264 $1,140,872
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (Sony) $443,393 215 $20,196,315
The Farewell (Roadshow) $151,546 67 $1,093,626
The Lion King (2019) (Disney) $141,614 136 $63,270,603
Dream Girl (Zee Studios) $117,272 34 $389,102
Angel Has Fallen (Roadshow) $106,516 99 $5,687,175
Margaret Atwood: Live In Cinemas (Sharmill) $75,205 30 $75,205
Game Changers, The (Indies) $61,972 29 $198,732
Fast & Furious: Hobbs And Shaw (Universal) $57,311 57 $18,811,740
Amazing Grace (Studiocanal) $45,666 48 $752,253
The Australian Dream (Madman) $38,667 40 $1,022,074
Palm Beach (Universal) $37,698 56 $4,409,013
Chhichhore (Mindblowing Films) $35,387 16 $271,750

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