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“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” held onto its spot atop the box office this weekend, easily fending off a challenge from “Downton Abbey: A New Era” by grossing $31.6 million, according to industry estimates released Sunday.

Marvel’s sequel to its 2016 hit, which again stars Benedict Cumberbatch as a neurosurgeon-turned-sorcerer, has grossed $342 million in its three weeks of release in North America.

“Downton Abbey: A New Era” is the second big-screen adaptation of the popular British television series that ran from 2010-15. It opened with $16 million Friday through Sunday at theaters in the United States and Canada, Comscore reported.

“The Bad Guys” was third with $6.1 million in its fifth week at theaters, followed by “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” with $3.9 million in its seventh week.

The horror film “Men” opened in fifth place with $3.29 million.

Rounding out the top 10 domestic releases, as estimated by Comscore, were “Everything Everywhere All at Once” ($3.1 million), “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” ($1.905 million), “Firestarter” ($1.9 million), “The Lost City” ($1.5 million) and “The Northman” ($1 million).

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