‘Downton Abbey’ Surprises Box Office With New Opening Record for Focus Features

TheWrap | 9/21/2019 | Jeremy Fuster
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Focus Features/Carnival’s “Downton Abbey” is blowing by opening weekend expectations after grossing $13.8 million on Friday and is now expected to take No. 1 with a $31 million opening weekend.

To the surprise of box office trackers, moviegoers have accepted Lord Grantham’s invitation en masse. Released on 3,079 screens — Focus’ widest release since “Atomic Blonde” in 2017 — “Downton Abbey” is now on pace to set a new opening weekend record for Universal’s indie wing, topping the $22.7 million made by “Insidious: Chapter 3” in 2015.

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With a passionate fanbase of the hit ITV/PBS TV series to draw from, “Downton Abbey” was expected by analysts to be a hit. However, a more modest opening in the $18-20 million range was expected with a strong hold in later weeks thanks to support from older moviegoers.

Sure enough, Postrak polls show that half of the audience was over the age of 45, but support from younger demographics has helped push the film to this new record. “Downton Abbey” fans are unsurprisingly pleased to see the Dowager Countess and her family again, giving “Downton Abbey” high marks with an A on CinemaScore and a 4.5/5 on Postrak to go with the 84% score from critics on Rotten Tomatoes.

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