'Downton Abbey' overpowers Brad Pitt, Rambo at box office

NEW YORK (AP) — Brad Pitt's "Ad Astra" and Sylvester Stallone's "Rambo: Last Blood" were no match for "Downton Abbey" at the box office.

The big-screen encore of the upstairs-downstairs TV series opened with an estimated $31 million in ticket sales over the weekend, handily overpowering a pair of less well-mannered movies.

The Pitt-led father-son space drama "Ad Astra" debuted with $19.2 million. "Last Blood trailed slightly with $19 million of its own.

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On & Off Set Style: The Cast of Downton Abbey

Lady Mary turns in her glam style for causal outerwear while she joins the men for a Hunt.

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Footmen Alfred and Jimmy are dapper in their uniforms.

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Lady Cora sits by Lady Sybil's bedside, as Lady Edith looks on.

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Mary and Edith still look stylish in their night robes as they await the birth of their niece.

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Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley are madly in love, standing in the foyer of Downton Abbey.

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Michelle Dockery doesn’t stray too far from the Downton Abbey estate with the gold brocade detailing on this evening dress.

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Elizabeth McGovern sasses it up a bit with a flared short dress.

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Amy Nutall wears a simple, elegant gown with a sweetheart neckline.

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Dan Stevens prefers a fitted suit, and tops off the look with a pale blue tie.

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Allen Leech looks just as dapper in a more modern suit, but gets edgy with the print mixing.

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Rob James-Collier wears a pair of green pants that certainly would not have flown at the Downton Abbey estate.

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That trio of new releases outperformed a pair of strong holdovers. After two weeks at the No. 1 spot, "It Chapter Two" slid to fourth with $17.2 million. The stripper tale "Hustlers," starring Jennifer Lopez, earned $17 million in its second weekend.

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