English actor Harry Hadden-Paton attends the "Downton Abbey" New York Premiere at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on September 16, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)

LOS ANGELES, BALIPOST.com –¬†With aristocratic elan, “Downton Abbey” dismissed challenges from Brad Pitt’s “Ad Astra” and Sylvester Stallone’s “Rambo: Last Blood” to claim top box office spot in North America, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said Monday.

The movie follow-up to the hit TV series about a British upper-class family and their stately home had the lowest budget of the three new releases, at a reported $20 million.

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But the film from Focus Features finished a cut above its rivals by taking $31 million in ticket sales over its opening weekend.

With a plot built around a royal visit, the movie was deemed “satisfyingly sumptuous” by the Hollywood Reporter, and “an overstuffed guilty pleasure” by The Washington Post.

Fox’s “Ad Astra” was a distant second at $19 million. Pitt plays an astronaut sent on a dangerous mission at the edge of the solar system.

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Lionsgate’s ultra-violent “Rambo: Last Blood,” not aided by disastrous reviews, was third with $18.9 million.

The three new releases knocked horror flick “IT: Chapter Two” off the top spot after a two-week reign, pushing it down to fourth with $17 million in ticket sales.

The Jennifer Lopez movie “Hustlers” — based on a true story about strippers who plot to steal from their wealthy clients in recession-hit New York — fell from second to fifth place, with $16.8 million.

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J-Lo has won plaudits for her role, with Rolling Stone calling her “dazzling,” “electrifying” and Oscar-worthy. (AFP)

Rounding out the weekend’s top 10 were:

“The Lion King” ($2.7 million)

“Good Boys” ($2.6 million)

“Angel Has Fallen” ($2.4 million)

“Overcomer” ($1.5 million)

“Hobbs & Shaw” ($1.5 million)



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