The feature film version of “Downton Abbey
” is heading for an impressive $30 million opening weekend at 3,079 sites for an easy victory at the North American box office, early estimates showed Friday.
The launch of Brad Pitt
’s space drama “Ad Astra
” will land in second with about $20 million, while Sylvester Stallone
’s action-thriller “Rambo: Last Blood
” will reel in around $18 million. Stx
’s second frame of “Hustlers
” should finish fourth with about $16 million and Warner Bros.
’ third weekend of “It: Chapter Two” will follow in fifth with about $14 million to hit $176 million in its first 17 days.
Of the three new films, “Downton Abbey
” is faring the best, easily out-performing pre-release forecasts — which had been in the $20 million range for each of the trio. The ITV
series that aired in the U.S. as part of PBS
’ Masterpiece Classics followed the lives of the Earl of Grantham and his family as