Lording it up! Downton Abbey thrashes Ad Astra and Rambo to top the box office with a better than expected $31 million, as it makes successful leap from TV to the big screen

It seems audiences long for the kinder, gentler days of Edwardian England, pushing Downton Abbey to the top of the box office with $31 million.

The film version of the beloved costume drama series about the Earl of Grantham and the Crawley family, backed by PBS stateside and ITV in the UK,  took in more than the $30 million it was projected to earn at the start of the weekend.

Starring its original cast, including Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith and Hugh Bonneville, it also pulled in $30.8 million overseas for a global haul of $61.8 million.

Waltzing to top of the box office: Downton Abbey, starring  Elizabeth McGovern as Lady Grantham and Hugh Bonneville as Lord Grantham, earned a better than expected $31 million

Waltzing to top of the box office: Downton Abbey, starring  Elizabeth McGovern as Lady Grantham and Hugh Bonneville as Lord Grantham, earned a better than expected $31 million

That was more than enough to beat out the more muscular offerings from Brad Pitt's space set sci-fi drama Ad Astra and Sylvester Stallone's actioner Rambo: Last Blood.

They are presently neck and neck with Ad Astra at $19.2 million and Rambo at just a shade over $19 million, although that might change when the full weekend results are tallied, according to Box Office Mojo.  

Ad Astra has Brad playing an astronaut who must voyage to the outer limits of space in search of his father, who may have put all of existence in grave danger.

It also stars Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Jamie Kennedy and Donald Sutherland.

In second by a whisker: Ad Astra, starring Brad Pitt as an astronaut who must voyage to the outer limits of space to find his father, raked in $19.2 million locally

In second by a whisker: Ad Astra, starring Brad Pitt as an astronaut who must voyage to the outer limits of space to find his father, raked in $19.2 million locally

So close: Sylvester Stallone's actioner Rambo: Last Blood made just a shade over $19 million for third place but it might swap with Ad Astra when the full weekend results are tallied

So close: Sylvester Stallone's actioner Rambo: Last Blood made just a shade over $19 million for third place but it might swap with Ad Astra when the full weekend results are tallied

Rambo: Last Blood  is the latest installment in the Rambo franchise, which kicked off 37 years ago.

In it, Vietnam War vet John Rambo tries to find peace raising horses on a ranch in Arizona. But he straps on his guns after he is forced to hunt out the gang who have kidnapped a friend's daughter and taken her to Mexico.  

It: Chapter Two finished in fourth in its third weekend in release with Pennywise the evil clown scaring up an estimated $17.2 million for a domestic total that now tops $179 million.

Big earner: It: Chapter Two finished in fourth in its third weekend in release with Pennywise the evil clown scaring up an estimated $17.2 million for a domestic total that now tops $179 million

Big earner: It: Chapter Two finished in fourth in its third weekend in release with Pennywise the evil clown scaring up an estimated $17.2 million for a domestic total that now tops $179 million

The sequel is set to become only the third R-rated horror to ever earn more than $200 million at the domestic box office.

Internationally, the scare fest added another $21.3 million for an overseas total of $179.7 million and a global total topping $385 million.

Rounding out the top five is is Jennifer Lopez's Hustlers with a solid second weekend performance, earning $17 million for a domestic take that now stands at $62.5 million.

The film also added another $3 million overseas giving it just shy of $10 million for a global tally topping $72 million.

Minting money: Rounding out the top five is is Jennifer Lopez's Hustlers with a solid second weekend performance, earning $17 million for a domestic take oft $62.5 million

Minting money: Rounding out the top five is is Jennifer Lopez's Hustlers with a solid second weekend performance, earning $17 million for a domestic take oft $62.5 million

 

 

 

Downton Abbey beats out Ad Astra and Rambo to top box office with better than expected $31 million

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