Based on the hit TV series, Downton Abbey is the highest-grossing opening ever for Focus Features.

With $31 million, Focus Features's Downton Abbey (#1) became a huge hit in its opening weekend. The period drama, based on the hit series, marked the first time Focus film opened to over $30 million in almost 20 years. The film also earned an 'A' CinemaScore, which could mean the film carries on well for a while. Though, as a film with a built-in audience, many will be waiting to see if the crux of its potential audience came to see the film in just its first weekend.

The weekend, as a whole, was kind to its new releases. Ad Astra (#2), the sci-fi drama starring Brad Pitt, finished in second place with $19.2 million. Tough heavily marketed, the film is more of an arthouse feature, coming from director James Gray, but wowed audiences. Its CinemaScore is B-, a solid result for a divisive film.

Lionsgate and Millennium's Rambo: Last Blood (#3) fell just behind Ad Astra, earning $19 million. The total barely beats the first weekend numbers for the last Rambo picture, which was released 11 years ago.

It: Chapter Two (#4) continues to rake in the box office. The film added $17. 2million in its third weekend, putting it towards the top of the records for R-rated horror films. In the coming days, its overall box office will make it only the third R-rated horror film to ever top $200 million.

And, Hustlers (#5) also continues to make waves as word-of-mouth spreads. With $62.5 million total, so far, the film should top $100 million through next weekend. It has the potential to become STX's highest-grossing picture of all time, a record currently held by Bad Moms.

The success stories end there as The Goldfinch (#15) not only underperforms for the second weekend, it is already well outside the Top Ten. The literary adaptation was poised to be a major awards season race but, instead, it has suffered to produce much of any buzz or box office. With just $770,000 in its second weekend, it marks a huge loss.

Also leaving the Top Ten this weekend are The Peanut Butter Falcon (#13) and Dora and the Lost City of Gold (#11). This the second time Dora has left the Top Ten, after re-entering the box office race last weekend.

Opening next weekend in Universal's animated flick, Abominable, which will open in over 4,100 locations.

TOP TEN: (bold signifies a new release)

1. DOWNTON ABBEY - $31 million

2. AD ASTRA - $19.2 million

3. RAMBO: LAST BLOOD - $19 million

4. IT: CHAPTER TWO - $17.2 million

5. HUSTLERS - $17 million

6. THE LION KING - $2.57 million

7. GOOD BOYS - $2.5 million

8. ANGEL HAS FALLEN - $2.4 million

9. OVERCOMER - $1.5 million

10. HOBBS & SHAW - $1.46 million

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