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Downton Abbey Teaches Stallone, Pitt Their Manners

Ad Astra, new Rambo follow small-screen transfer
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 22, 2019 11:22 AM CDT
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A studio image shows, from left, Elizabeth McGovern, Harry Hadden-Paton, Laura Carmichael, Hugh Bonneville and Michael Fox, in a scene from the film "Downton Abbey."   (Jaap Buitendijk/Focus Features via AP)

(Newser) – Brad Pitt's Ad Astra and Sylvester Stallone's Rambo: Last Blood were no match for Downton Abbey at the box office. The big-screen encore of the upstairs-downstairs TV series opened with an estimated $31 million in ticket sales over the weekend, handily overpowering a pair of less well-mannered movies. The Pitt-led father-son space drama Ad Astra debuted with $19.2 million. Last Blood trailed slightly with $19 million of its own. That trio of new releases outperformed a pair of strong holdovers. After two weeks at the No. 1 spot, It Chapter Two slid to fourth with $17.2 million. The stripper tale Hustlers, starring Jennifer Lopez, earned $17 million in its second weekend. (Read more box office stories.)

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