UK box office preview: Brad Pitt aims for the stars with ‘Ad Astra’

Screen | 9/20/2019 | Ben Dalton
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James Gray’s astronaut drama Ad Astra starring Brad Pitt will look to hit new heights for the space genre on its first weekend in UK cinemas, released through 20th Century Fox.

The film, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival last month, launched on Wednesday in over 300 venues. It is one of a slew of recent space-themed stories, following on from Damien Chazelle’s Neil Armstrong biopic First Man last year, and with Alice Winocour’s Proxima starring Eva Green and Shelagh McLeod’s Astronaut starring Richard Dreyfus to hit cinemas in the coming months.

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Pitt leads the near-future-set Ad Astra as the son of a pioneering astronaut who is tasked with travelling to Mars to try and establish communication with his father, who was previously assumed dead.

First Man started with £2.4m in October 2018, ending on £8m, before going on to four nominations at the 2019 Oscars and one win for best visual effects.

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In the same genre, Dogwoof scored a hit with documentary Apollo 11 earlier this year, which took £1.2m after a £325,342 start - a decent result for a documentary in the UK.

For director Gray, his biggest UK release to date is the £1.9m grossed by 2007 crime thriller We Own The Night starring Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Wahlberg. It opened on £441,416.

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His most recent title, 2017’s The Lost City Of Z, started with £270,916 and ended on £697,497.

Pitt is one of a small group of actors able to bring in an audience. His lengthy and varied career has included hits ranging from 1994’s Interview With The Vampire (opened: £2.3m, closed: £10.7m) to the Ocean’s series, with 2002 first title Ocean’s Eleven scoring the highest gross with a £5.1m opening and £26.5m cume.

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