‘Ad Astra’ Launches With $26M Overseas; ‘It Chapter Two’ & ‘Hollywood’ Top $200M – International Box Office

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‘Ad Astra’ Launches With $26M Overseas; ‘It Chapter Two’ & ‘Hollywood’ Top $200M – International Box Office
Newcomer Ad Astra, from Fox/New Regency and distributed by Disney, launched this weekend with an estimated $26M in 44 markets for a $45.2M worldwide start. The international box office debut is within the range we were hearing before the weekend, and is 49% ahead of last year’s First Man and 23% above 2016’s Arrival at today’s rates.

Like both of those more thriftily-priced comps, Ad Astra, which stars Brad Pitt and is directed by James Gray, got its start at the Venice Film Festival. Given the wattage of the media spotlight there, the Lido can act as a prime blast-off platform and likely contributed to No. 1 bows in France, Spain and Indonesia. Korea, however, was the top-grossing hub at a No. 2 $2.8M.

The pensive Ad Astra has a bit of time before another Venice debut, Joker, releases, and could play similarly to Arrival which ultimately grossed $103M internationally
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