With aristocratic elan, Downton Abbey dismissed challenges from Brad Pitt’s Ad Astra and Sylvester Stallone’s Rambo: Last Blood to claim top box office spot in North America, industry figures showed Sunday.
Fans had waited eagerly for the movie follow-up of the global hit TV series tracking the dramas of life among a British upper-class family and the staff who serve them in their stately home.
With a plot built around a royal visit, the Washington Post review described the Downton Abbey movie as “an overstuffed guilty pleasure” and “eye and ear candy of the highest order: rich and delicious, but not especially nutritious.”
The film emerged top of the Exhibitor Relations rankings by a distance, with an estimated $31 million in ticket sales over the weekend—a cut above Ad Astra, at $19.2 million.
Pitt, who plays an astronaut sent on a dangerous mission at the edge of the solar system, made a 20-minute video call to the International Space Station (ISS) chatting to American astronaut Nick Hague as part of his movie’s promotion.
Rambo: Last Blood was a close third with $19 million, as the three new releases knocked horror flick IT Chapter Two off the top spot after a two-week reign, pushing it down to fourth with $17.2 million ticket sales.
The new Jennifer Lopez movie Hustlers—based on a true story about strippers who plot to steal from their wealthy clients in recession-hit New York—fell from second to fifth place, despite strong reviews.
J-Lo has won plaudits for her role with “Rolling Stone” calling her “dazzling,” “electrifying” and Oscar-worthy.