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‘Downton Abbey’ Makes History, ‘Ad Astra’ Impresses, and the Awards Race Begins to Take Shape (The MovieBabble Podcast Ep. 37)

Focus Features made history with the release of Downton Abbey this weekend which went on to earn approximately $31 million, which became the studio’s largest opening in history — and impressive feat for a well-entrenched studio that has released some very noteworthy films over the years. Elsewhere, both Ad Astra and Rambo: Last Blood came in right around $19 million, effectively knocking The Lion King out of the top five for the first time in its theatrical run.

Hustlers also put in a strong second weekend, as the buzz for JLo’s Oscars campaign starts to grow. We take stock in the current state of the Oscars race and look at other contenders that are starting to make waves.

We discuss all this and more in this week’s episode of The MovieBabble Podcast:

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Listen to the last few episodes of The MovieBabble Podcast:

Episode 36: Hustlers Scores Big, The Goldfinch Flounders, and TIFF Previews This Fall’s Best

Episode 35: It Chapter Two Floats Past $90 Million While the Venice Film Festival Confuses Us All 

Episode 34: Labor Day Weekend, Summer Rundown Special

Episode 33: Sony and Marvel Studios File for Divorce While Angel Has FallenOvercomer, and Ready or Not Open Up on Pace 

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Episode 32: Good BoysBlinded by the LightBernadette and the Struggles of Smaller Movies in 2019

 

Also, check out MovieBabble Presents: Babble With Brennan:

Episode 4: The 2019 Fall Movie Preview

Episode 3: The World of Movies: July Rundown

Episode 2: Ranking All the Spider-Man Films

Episode 1: The Best Movies of 2019 So Far

 

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Nick Kush

A current young professional in the greater D.C. area, Nick founded MovieBabble in October of 2016 and hasn't look back since! Nick is also a member of the Internet Film Critics Society and the Washington DC Film Critics Association. You can follow Nick on Twitter @nkush42

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