Fans of “Downton Abbey” couldn’t stay away from the theatre, with the long-awaited debut of the beloved series’ first big-screen feature rocketing to the top of the weekend box office.
According to Box Office Mojo, “Downton Abbey” raked in $31 million domestically in its opening weekend, with another $41 million overseas for a global tally of $61.8 million.
“Audiences were clearly ready to come back to Downton and visit the Crawleys and all the familiar faces upstairs and downstairs,” Lisa Bunnell, Focus Features president of distribution, tells Variety. “At its core, it’s a story about family and audiences, both original fans and newcomers, are uplifted by that laughter and joy of the film.”
The Brad Pitt-starring sci-fi thriller “Ad Astra” delivered a domestic take of $19.2 million, edging out “Rambo: Last Blood” to take the second place spot while Sylvester Stallone’s latest took third place with $19 million.
“It: Chapter 2” continued to show strength with $17.2 million in its third weekend of release, taking the fourth-place spot while adding to a domestic total to date of $179.1 million.
Also demonstrating staying power was the Jennifer Lopez-led “Hustlers”, capturing fifth place with a $17 million domestic take in its second weekend, with a two-week domestic total of $62.5 million.