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'Downton Abbey' the class act at North American box office

 

Agence France-Presse

Los Angeles, United States  /  Mon, September 23, 2019  /  10:06 am
'Downton Abbey' the class act at North American box office

Actors Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael and Allen Leech attend the world premiere of 'Downton Abbey' in London, Britain, on September 9, 2019. (REUTERS/Simon Dawson)

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."

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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.

Rounding out the weekend's top 10 were:

"The Lion King" ($2.5 million)

"Good Boys" ($2.5 million)

"Angel Has Fallen" ($2.4 million)

"Overcomer" ($1.5 million)

"Hobbs & Shaw" ($1.5 million)