We have a feeling there’s going to be more Downton Abbey movies in the future! Focus Features released the anticipated Downton Abbey film this weekend in 3,079 domestic theaters, where it debuted in first place with $31 million, an average of $10,068 per location. It marks the biggest opening ever for Focus. The film also brought in another $10 million from 32 international markets to take its overseas total to $30.8 million (with $15.6 million from the UK) and worldwide sum to $61.8 million. The movie was given an A CinemaScore by audiences.
A continuation of the TV series and directed by Michael Engler, the Downton Abbey film stars Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Joanne Froggatt, Matthew Goode, Harry Hadden-Paton, Robert James-Collier, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Lesley Nicol, Penelope Wilton, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton, Geraldine James, Simon Jones, David Haig, Tuppence Middleton, Kate Phillips, and Stephen Campbell Moore.
20th Century Fox sci-fi drama Ad Astra opened in second place at the North American box office with $19.2 million from 3,460 theaters, an average of $5,552. Starring Brad Pitt, the film also took in $26 million from 44 international markets, for a worldwide debut of $45.2 million. Directed by James Gray, the movie also stars Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Liv Tyler, and Donald Sutherland. It received a B- CinemaScore.
Coming in close at No. 3 was Lionsgate’s Rambo: Last Blood, which grossed $19 million from 3,618 theaters, an average of $5,256 per theater. Featuring the return of Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo, the movie cost about $50 million to make and received a B CinemaScore. Directed by Adrian Grunberg, Rambo: Last Blood co-stars Paz Vega, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Adrianna Barraza, Yvette Monreal, Genie Kim aka Yenah Han, Joaquin Cosio, and Oscar Jaenada.
After topping the box office for two weeks in a row, Warner Bros. Pictures’ IT Chapter Two added $17.2 million and has now earned $179.2 million domestically in three weeks. Internationally, the sequel brought in $21.3 million this weekend from 78 markets, taking the overseas total to $205.9 million and worldwide total to $385.1 million. The first film earned $327.5 million in North America and $372.9 million overseas, for a worldwide total of $700.4 million. Directed by Andy Muschietti and based on the novel by Stephen King, IT Chapter Two stars James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, Andy Bean, Jaeden Martell, Wyatt Oleff, Jack Dylan Grazer, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Chosen Jacobs, Jeremy Ray Taylor, and Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise.
STXfilms’ Hustlers rounded out the top five with $17 million, for a domestic total of $62.6 million after two weeks. The movie also grossed $3 million this weekend overseas and is up to $9.8 million internationally, for a global total of $72 million. Written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, Hustlers stars Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Mercedes Ruehl, Cardi B, Lizzo, Mette Towley, Madeline Brewer, and Trace Lysette. It was made for $20 million.