Box Office: ‘Abominable’ Climbs to No. 1
“Abominable” towered over the box office this weekend as Universal and DreamWorks’ animated adventure debuted to $20.85 million in North America and $29.7 million worldwide.
The PG movie benefitted as one of the few offerings at multiplexes catering to family crowds and marked the best opening of the year for an original animated film. It also joins Universal’s “Us” and “Good Boys” as the only original titles in 2019 to launch at No. 1 on domestic box office charts.
“We saw a great opportunity for not just an opening weekend, but a strong corridor going forward,” said Jim Orr, Universal’s president of domestic distribution. “With this particular weekend, kids have been back in school for some time and routines have settled down.”
Heading into October, Universal has now had seven films that have reached first place at the domestic box office, the most of any studio this year. Says Orr, “It’s a testament to how well our marketing and production folks are at getting the message out in a crowded media landscape.”