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Abominable Opening Tops Judy

Downton Abbey drops to second for weekend
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 29, 2019 12:45 PM CDT
Everest the Yeti, left, and Yi, voiced by Chloe Bennet, in a scene from "Abominable."   (DreamWorks Animation LLC. via AP)

(Newser) – The DreamWorks animated adventure Abominable has topped the box office with an estimated $20.9 million, while the Renee Zellweger-led Judy Garland tale Judy got off to a sonorous start, the AP reports. Abominable was the weekend's sole new wide release. It's a US-China co-production between Universal's DreamWorks and China's Pearl Studios, so its performance in China will be vital to its success.

A handful of holdovers stayed strong. Last week's No. 1 film, Downton Abbey, slid to second with $14.5 million. The stripper crime drama Hustlers landed in third with $11.5 million. Its star, Jennifer Lopez, was announced last week as next year's Super Bowl halftime act, along with Shakira. But one of the weekend's biggest successes was Judy, propelled by the draw of Zellweger. It opened with $3.1 million on 461 screens.

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