Downton Abbey's diminishing fortune in recent years has left his cinematic prospects uncertain, but let Grant Grantham and the Crawley family reverse things. The big-budget adaptation of the Emmy-rich PBS and ITV drama not only seems to have received $ 31 million at the box office this weekend, it has also put Hollywood titans like Sylvester Stallone and Brad Pitt in the employee quarters.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, "Older cinephiles" helped propel Downton Abbey's movie through $ 2.1 million on Thursday's screenings and a staggering $ 13.8 million on Friday's premiere at 3,079 theaters. On the other hand, Sylvester Stallone's Rambo: Last Blood is expected to raise $ 18 million to 19 million for its debut weekend, and positive reviews seem to have won Brad Pitt's space drama Ad Astra with US. Comparable $ 19 million.
Some surprising numbers too – Downton Abbey is now the best opening for Focus Features, and PostTrak notes that half of the movie audience falls into the age group of 45 or older. At least 32% are also over 55 years old and Deadline watch a fun presentation for presentations after 8 am (you know, bedtime). It's not too bad for a show that only ended its TV run in 2016, and we'll consider good news for other big-screen TV properties coming in the coming months – including the movie El Camino, sequel to Breaking Bad.
Downton's own film follows the famous Crawley family in 1927, preparing to welcome King George V and Queen Mary on the title property. Hugh Bonneville's main cast, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Dame Maggie Smith, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle and more all exchange appearances, not to mention a few surprises.
Otherwise, Hustlers and It: Chapter Two complete the top 5 of the movies this weekend.
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