Downton Abbey won the weekend box office race with a surprising $31-M from 3,079 theaters, beating the final installment in Sylvester Stallone’s iconic Rambo action franchise and a new space thriller featuring Brad Pitt.
Pitt’s Ad Astra may have edged past Stallone’s Rambo: Last Blood with an estimated $19.2-M from 3,460 sites. Last Blood took in $19.2-M from 3,618 cinemas, the widest location count of the 3 new films. We will see the finals on Monday, the bets are on Rambo.
In NA Downton Abbey marks the biggest opening of all time for specialty distributor Focus Features, and is a testament to the buying power of older moviegoers.
James Grey’s Ad Astra performed slightly ahead of expectations. Disney inherited the $80-M movie, which was produced by New Regency, when taking over the 20th Century Fox film empire.
Ad Astra opened in much of the world over the weekend, grossing $26-M from 44 foreign markets for a global blast off of $45.2-M, it also did big business on Imax screens, which accounted for $6.6-M.
Lionsgate and Millennium’s Rambo: Last Blood billed as the final title in the 37-year-old franchise that, along with Rocky, turned Mr. Stallone, 73 anni, into a global action brand.
Males made up the majority of those turning out to see the R-rated action flick (64%), while 77% were 25 and older, including 49% over 35.
In the latest outing, the titular character takes on a Mexican drug cartel in a deadly journey of vengeance. Adrian Grunberg directed from a script by Matthew Cirulnick and Stallone.
Downtown Abbey was graced with an A CinemaScore, followed by a B for Rambo and a B- for Ad Astra.
New Line’s hit It: Chapter Two narrowly topped Hustlers to place 4th in its third weekend with $17.2-M from 4,156 theaters for a domestic tally of $179.2-M Internationally, the horror sequel zoomed past the $200-M mark after earning another $21.3-M from 78 markets.
STXfilms’ Hustlers declined 49% in its 2nd weekend with $17-M from 3,525 cinemas, for a domestic tally of $62.6-M and $72-M globally.
Among other holdovers
Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood also cleared the $200-M mark internationally to finish the weekend with a global total of $344.6-M.
At the specialty box office
The new documentary Where’s My Roy Cohn? reported a solid per-location average of $10,591 from 4 venues. Sony Pictures Classics is handling the film domestically.
Have some fun, see a movie this week.