The film from Focus Features edged out both Lionsgate and Millennium’s “Rambo: Last Blood” and “Ad Astra” from 20th Century Fox and Disney. All three films are in a tight race this weekend as the top new opener at the box office, with all three projected between roughly $16-24 million. And they have to contend with the still strong “It Chapter Two” and “Hustlers.”
“Downton Abbey” already made $2.2 million in early sneak preview screenings, and the film opened last week internationally, where it has made $11.7 million across 17 markets. In the U.K. where the film is set, it earned the No. 1 spot and opened to $6.3 million. The Thursday preview brings its cumulative total to roughly $4.5 million domestically.
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