Magazine article Screen International

‘Downton Abbey’ in Record $31M North American Box Office Debut for Focus Features

Magazine article Screen International

‘Downton Abbey’ in Record $31M North American Box Office Debut for Focus Features

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ustNew openers Ad Astra, Rambo: Last Blood rank second, third.

Downton Abbey opened at number one in North America over the weekend on an estimated $31m that delivered the highest debut in the history of Focus Features.

The British period drama featuring a starry cast led by Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville and Laura Carmichael opened in 3,079 theatres for a $10,068 average, and beat fellow openers Ad Astra and Rambo: Last Blood, as well as last weekend’s champion It: Chapter Two.

The Downton Abbey audience comprised 74% females and 26% males. By age, the over-35 crowd dominated with a 60% share. The top markets in the US were New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Washington DC, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Boston. …

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