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Downton Abbey Opens To A $31 Million North American Debut

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(CelebrityAccess) — Focus Features’ big-screen take on the period melodrama “Downton Abbey” led the box office over the weekend, debuting to an impressive $31.0 million from North American theaters.

The film, which recounts the lives of the upper crust Crawley Family, as well as their servants in an English country manner. Directed by Michael Engler (The Chaperone) “Downton Abbey” features an ensemble cast that includes Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Imelda Staunton, Elizabeth McGovern, Penelope Wilton, Stephen Campbell Moore, Tuppence Middleton, Joanne Froggatt, and Laura Carmichael.

Worldwide, Downton Abbey earned $41.0 million, from 32 international territories, according to estimates compiled by Comscore.

Also debuting this weekend was 20th Century Fox’s science fiction drama “Ad Astra.” The film which stars Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Liv Tyler, and Donald Sutherland, earned $19.2 million domestically, and $26.0M in 44 international territories for a global debut of $45.2M, according to Comscore. That’s well short of its production budget of which is estimated to be as much as $100 million.

Lionsgate’s hoary Rambo sequel “Rambo: Last Blood,” which features Sylvester Stallone reprising one of his most notable roles, opened to $19.015 million in its North American debut.

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