Fox’s space thriller Ad Astra starring Brad Pitt takes off via Disney in 82% of the international arena this weekend with the exception of Russia, Italy and Brazil.
James Gray’s latest film arrives from Venice where it earned strong reviews and heads into the UK and France on Wednesday (18), Australia, Germany and South Korea on Thursday, and Spain, Mexico and Japan on Friday.
When Damien Chazelle’s First Man opened in the same bucket of markets it grossed $18m at current rates, while Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival managed $21m.
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International is not handling the release in China, Hong Kong, or Taiwan.
Ad Astra is tracking to open in North America this weekend in the high teens. Gray and Ethan Gross wrote the screenplay about an astronaut on a mission to uncover the truth about his missing father whose doomed expedition 30 years ago now threatens the universe. Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Liv Tyler and Donald Sutherland also star.
Pitt produced alongside Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Gray, Anthony Katagas, Rodrigo Teixeira, and Arnon Milchan.