Box Office Weekend – ‘Downton Abbey’ Sets Record For Focus Features
The long-awaited continuation of the British drama Downton Abbey gave Focus Features a pretty big weekend of $31M, which easily topped the $22M opening that Insidious Chapter 3 had as the studio’s biggest single-frame gross. Attendance is said to be majority female, and overall audience reaction seems to be pretty glowing all-around, suggesting that the movie (budgeted $20M or less) will make a killing.
The other two new releases of the weekend struggled at the box office to varying degrees, with Rambo: Last Blood costing $50M and Ad Astra costing $80M+, and both grossing just over $19M. Both movies could be greatly assisted by legging out, but Ad Astra‘s mixed reception with audiences suggests that it may have problems on that front. However, the Brad Pitt movie also has the international market to fall back on, while the results for the final Rambo movie have yet to come in.
For the other holdovers, the box office has largely been consistent with how things have been for the past few weeks. IT: Chapter Two is nearly at $180M domestic, Hustlers held well on its second weekend and may just end its run at over $100M domestic, The Lion King will cross $540M domestic soon, and Good Boys is looking to finish above $80M. Not much else of note to talk about here, other than last weekend’s The Goldfinch, which dropped 71.6% and is looking like a pretty big box office turkey.
The Top Twelve box office performances for the three-day weekend can be summarized as follows (bolded titles are new releases):
- Downton Abbey (Universal Pictures/Focus Features) – $31M Total.
- Ad Astra (Disney/20th Century Fox) – $19.21M Total.
- Rambo: Last Blood (Lionsgate Films) – $19.015M Total.
- IT: Chapter Two (Warner Bros./New Line) – $17.245M Weekend/$179.165M Total; 56.5% Drop.
- Hustlers (STX Entertainment) – $17M Weekend/$62.553M Total; 48.8% Drop.
- The Lion King (Disney) – $2.572M Weekend/$537.592M Total; 29.5% Drop.
- Good Boys (Universal Pictures) – $2.51M Weekend/$77.305M Total; 40.6% Drop.
- Angel Has Fallen (Lionsgate Films) – $2.4M Weekend/$64.689M Total; 46.6% Drop.
- Overcomer (Sony Pictures/Affirm Films) – $1.5M Weekend/$31.567M Total; 45% Drop.
- Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw (Universal Pictures) – $1.46M Weekend/$170.613M Total; 47.7% Drop.
- Dora and the Lost City of Gold (Paramount Pictures) – $1.22M Weekend/$58.364M Total; 33.5% Drop.
- Brittany Runs a Marathon (Amazon) – $1.044M Weekend/$5.342M Total; 29% Drop.
The Lion King, Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw, Angel Has Fallen, and IT: Chapter Two are now playing in theaters.
Grant Davis is a freelance writer who has covered entertainment news for more than four years. His articles have frequently appeared in Star Wars News Net as well as as other entertainment-related websites. As someone who grew up on Star Wars and comic book movies, he’s completely thrilled with the current era of genre entertainment.