Ad Astar Box Office

‘Downton Abbey’ Serves ‘Ad Astra’ and ‘Rambo Last Blood’

It’s the third week of the fall box office, and a trio of new releases opened in theaters across the country. Brad Pitt’s sci-fi thriller “Ad Astra” opened against the “Downton Abbey” movie, and Sylvester Stallone’s “Rambo: Last Blood” hoped to end the franchise on a high note.

Downton Abbey” set a new record for Focus Features, becoming the highest-grossing opening weekend in the film’s history. The movie made over $31M across 3,079 locations, topping “Insidious Chapter 3” which had a $22.6M opening in 2015. Michael Engler directed “Downton Abbey,” which features Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith, and Hugh Bonneville.

FOX’s “Ad Astra” landed in second place overall with a $19.2M opening across 3,460 locations. James Gray directed “Ad Astra,” and the movie stars Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, and Ruth Negga. “Rambo: Last Blood” completed the trifecta, earning $19M over its debut and earning third place overall. Adrian Grunberg directed “Rambo: Last Blood,” starring Sylvester Stallone, Paz Vega, and Yvette Monreal.

The original “First Blood” opened in 1982 with a $6.6M opening weekend. The sequel, “Rambo: First Blood Part II” released in 1985 and made $20.1M on its debut in theaters. “Rambo III” hit theaters in 1988 with a $13M opening, and “Rambo” made $18.2M when it hit theaters in 2008.

The new releases pushed “IT: Chapter 2” down to fourth place, but the horror-thriller still made another $17.2M over the weekend. Now in its third week in theaters, the horror sequel has made over $179.1M domestically. Andy Muschietti directed “IT Chapter 2,” which stars Jaeden Martell, Wyatt Oleff, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, Andy Bean, and Bill Skarsgård.

STX’s “Hustlers” dropped several places to end in fifth place on the domestic charts. The comedy made another $17M this weekend, raising the film’s two week domestic total to $62.5M. Lorene Scafaria directed “Hustlers,” which stars Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Lili Reinhart, and Cardi B.

Universal Pictures’ animated-comedy “Abominable” hits theaters next weekend, and Renee Zellweger’s “Judy” biopic releases in select theaters. The following weekend is the big release of “Joker,” along with Natalie Portman’s “Lucy in the Sky” at the specialty box office.

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