Three large new releases offered an auspicious start to the fall box office season, after a dull summer failed to catch up.
First, Focus Features' "Downton Abbey" film adaptation debuted at an impressive $ 31 million, according to estimates by measurement firm Comscore. Analysts projected that the film would earn about $ 20 million.
The result is the biggest opening ever for Focus Features, surpassing previous record holder "Insidious: Chapter 3", which grossed $ 22.7 million in 2015.
"Downton Abbey" began its international distribution last weekend, earning $ 11.7 million in 17 countries and registering the first UK opening with $ 6.3 million. This week, it added $ 10 million in international revenues to a global total of $ 61.8 million.
The long-awaited revival of the beloved British television drama comes three years after the ITV series stopped airing in the US as part of PBS's Masterpiece Classics. Michael Engler, who directed several episodes, directed the film while series creator Julian Fellowes wrote the script.
The film takes about a year and a half of the series' final events and revolves around how Earl of Grantham and his family prepare for a visit from the King and Queen of England. Almost all of the original cast members of the series have returned to the film, including Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith, and Hugh Bonneville.
It was well received with A CinemaScore and an 85% “fresh” rating on the Rotten Tomatoes review site.
Second, Fox's space drama Brad Pitt's "Ad Astra" debuted at $ 19.2 million, slightly above analysts' projections of $ 17 million.
Directed by James Gray, the film follows an astronaut (Pitt) on a perilous mission to uncover the truth about his missing father, a renegade scientist played by Tommy Lee Jones.
Despite its warm welcome at the Venice Film Festival, the film struggled to resonate with viewers who posted a B-CinemaScore despite a "fresh" rating of 81% on Rotten Tomatoes.
In third place, "Rambo: Last Blood" by Lionsgate and Millennium Films debuted at $ 19 million, within analyst forecasts of $ 17 million to $ 20 million.
The end of Sylvester Stallone's long action franchise comes more than a decade after the studios restarted the series with the badly rated "Rambo" of 2008. tickets.
The series began in 1982 with Orion Films's "First Blood." Since then, 73-year-old Stallone's stellar power has fueled other hit franchises, including Creed's recent "Rocky" spinoffs as well as the "Mercenaries Series."
"Last Blood" earned a CinemaScore B, but a rotten 31% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Fourth, Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema's "It Chapter Two" added $ 17.2 million over the third weekend (down 56%) for a cumulative total of $ 179.2 million. Currently, the film reaches $ 385.1 million worldwide.
Rounding out the top five, STX Entertainment's Hustlers added $ 17 million on their second weekend (down 49%) for a cumulative total of $ 62.5 million. It is currently $ 72 million in global revenues.
Sixth, Disney's "The Lion King" added $ 2.6 million on its tenth weekend to $ 537.6 million.
Seventh, Universal's "Good Boys" added $ 2.5 million on their sixth weekend to $ 77.3 million.
In 8th place, Lionsgate's "Angel Has Fallen" added $ 2.4 million on its fifth weekend for $ 64.7 million accumulated.
Ninth, Sony's "Overcomer" added $ 1.5 million on its fifth weekend for a cumulative $ 31.6 million.
Rounding out the top 10, Universal's "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw" added $ 1.46 million on its eighth weekend for a cumulative total of $ 170.6 million.
In a limited version, Gunpowder & Sky opened “Villains” on 100 screens for $ 149,969, for an average per screen of $ 1,499.
Sony Pictures Classics opened "Where is my Roy Cohn?" On four screens, for $ 42,364, for an average per screen of $ 10,591.
IFC Films opened “Loro” in one location for $ 5,567.
Neon and Participant expanded "Monos" to 10 additional locations (out of 15) to $ 52,493, with a screen average of $ 3,500 and a cumulative $ 121,645.
Amazon expanded “Brittany Runs A Marathon” to 1,033 locations in its fifth weekend to $ 1 million, to a screen average of $ 1,011 and $ 5.3 million.
This week Universal releases the "Abominable" animation. In limited version, Roadside Attractions opens Judy Garland's drama "Judy" and IFC Films reveals the comedy "The Day Will Come".