Ad Astra landed at the global box office this past weekend, but the the Brad Pitt film had to settle for second best behind a mammoth box office haul from Downton Abbey.
Ad Astra grossed an estimated $19.2m at the North American box office. Just a shade ahead of the $19m estimated for Rambo: Last Blood but a fair distance behind the $31m taken by Downton Abbey.
Whilst the reported production budget for Ad Astra sits at around $80-100+ million, this opening weekend performance is not the start the studio was hoping for. Opening weekend audiences were 54% male and 73% aged 25 or older and gave the film a middling “B-” CinemaScore.
According to BoxOfficeMojo the international box office clocked in around $26m with $2.8m openings in both Korea and the UK, followed by France ($2.7m), Spain ($2.2m), Japan ($2.2m), Mexico ($1.4m) and Australia ($1.3m). The film will debut in Italy, Russia and Brazil next weekend.
Heading in to its first full week in cinemas Ad Astra is currently sitting at approximately $45m globally.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJAtPkPCPn4
Directed by James Gray Ad Astra centres on Astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) who travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father (Tommy Lee Jones) and to unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet. His journey will uncover secrets that challenge the nature of human existence and our place in the cosmos.
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The film stars Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga and Donald Sutherland with a screenplay by James Gray and Ethan Gross. It arrives in UK cinemas on September 18, 2019.