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Weekend box office: Audiences give 'Downton Abbey' a royal welcome

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4127_D019_00107_RC(l-r.) Laura Carmichael stars as Lady Hexham, Maggie Smith as The Dowager Countess of Grantham, Hugh Bonneville as Lord Grantham, Allen Leech as Tom Branson and Elizabeth McGovern as Lady Grantham in DOWNTON ABBEY, a Focus Features release.Credit: Jaap Buitendijk / Focus Features

Weekend Box Office September 20-22, 2019

SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — Focus Features has reason to raid the top shelf as “Downton Abbey,” a feature length film that picks up where the ITV/PBS series left off, not only finished in first place it strolled past the $22 million predictions and looks to finish the weekend with $31 million. That’s the most any Focus film has ever opened to (2015’s “Insidious Chapter 3” opened with $22.7 million). Overseas “Downton Abbey” opened to $30.8 million. The worldwide total is an impressive $61.8 million.

It's going to be a tight race, but currently it appears that Brad Pitt's journey into space with "Ad Astra" will open in second place with $19.2 million. The film cost at least $80 million to make. There's still a distance to go before the film makes money, but it was always going to be a slow burn. Worldwide the film has earned $45 million.

Sylvester Stallone returns to the role of John Rambo for the fifth time with “Rambo: Last Blood.” The film wasn’t screened for local critics, those who did get to see the film dismissed it as an ultra-violent and xenophobic action tale that fails (yet again) to build on the wounded warrior motif that was established in “First Blood.” “Last Blood” brought home $19 million in its first weekend.

In its third weekend, “It: Chapter Two” fell 56%, with $17.2 million. The domestic total sits at $179 million. At this point it appears that matching the first chapter’s worldwide total of $700 million isn’t going to happen. Still, its current worldwide total of $385 million is only a disappointment when compared to its predecessor. For a horror film, $385 million is exceptional. 2018’s “Halloween” topped out at $255 million.

In its second weekend, “Hustlers” earned an additional $17 million, a safe 48% drop. It’s 10-day total is $62 million.


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