- “Downton Abbey” won the weekend box office with an estimated
$31 million at the domestic box office.
- It’s the biggest opening ever for a Focus Features movie.
- In second place was the Disney/Fox release “Ad Astra,” starring
Brad Pitt, with $19.2 million.
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Though it has been off the air for four years there is clearly
still an audience for “Downton Abbey.”
The big screen version of the show opened in theaters this
weekend and the movie brought in an estimated $31 million at the
domestic box office:
- That made the movie number one at the box office.
- The $31 million take is the
biggest opening ever for its distributor, Focus Features
(beating out the $22.6 million opening by 2015’s “Insidious:
Despite what you may think of popular TV shows getting big
screen versions, it’s clear there’s a market for them. Coming soon
you’ll see a “Breaking Bad” movie, Netflix’s “El Camino” (which the
streaming giant will be releasing theatrically), and movie versions
of “The Walking Dead” and “The Sopranos” (the prequel “The Many
Saints of Newark”). Everyone involved just hopes they get the
success Focus is seeing with “Downton Abbey” and not a dud Warner
Bros. had when it made the HBO show “Entourage” into a movie. That
opened in fourth place the weekend it was released in 2015 and
ended up with a lifetime gross of just $49.2
“Downton Abbey” beat out a lot of competition to take the top
spot. Along with popular holdovers like Warner Bros.’ “It Chapter
2,” and STXfilms’ “Hustlers,” there were new releases like
Disney/Fox’s “Ad Astra,” starring Brad Pitt, and Lionsgate’s
“Rambo: Last Blood.”
Out of that group, “Ad Astra” took the second place slot this
weekend with $19.2 million (20% of which came from Imax screens). A
good start for a movie Disney is hoping will gain traction as we go
deeper into award season.
In third place was “Rambo: Last Blood” with $19 million. Fourth
place was “It Chapter 2” with $17.2 million. And in fifth place was
“Hustlers” with $17 million.
Source: FS – All – Economy – News
'Downton Abbey' takes down 'Ad Astra' and 'Rambo' to win the weekend box office