In another universe – that is, before the pandemic – Downton Abbey the film surpassed all expectations when it opened in September 2019 for $31 million in a record-breaking best for specialty house Focus Features.
A lot has changed since then.
The 2019 big-screen adaptation of Julian Fellowes’ hit British TV series was fueled by moviegoers aged 45 and over – a demo most reluctant to return to cinemas since the COVID-19 crisis hit, and especially older women.
At the weekend, follow-up from Fellowes Downton Abbey: A New Era Era opened for $16 million from 3,815 locations. While that was in line with pre-release tracking, it is notably behind the first film, underscoring the challenges facing movies that rely on older consumers who may still be nervous about COVID, and whose habits have changed. in the pandemic era, as studios offer new releases at home within three weeks via premium VOD.
Secure, Downton Abbey 2 attracted a lot of attention from the over-55s (48 percent) in a promising sign, but the number of people who turned up was not at the same level as in 2019, when the over-55s represented 52 percent of the opening weekend audience. As with the first movie, about 70 percent of A new era audience was female.
Overseas, the top rated Downton Abbey 2 has earned north of $35 million.
Written by Fellowes, the film sees the Grantham family travel to the south of France to unravel the mystery of the Dowager Countess’s newly inherited villa. There is also talk of a film crew using the abbey to shoot a film.
Returning main cast members and new additions include Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Raquel Cassidy, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Joanne Froggatt, Michael Fox, Harry Hadden-Paton, Robert James-Collier, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Tuppence Middleton, Lesley Nicol, Douglas Reith, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton, Penelope Wilton, Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie Baye and Dominic West.
Marvel and Disney superhero photo Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness had no trouble staying at the top of the charts in its third weekend with $31.6 million for a domestic total of $342.1 million and $803.2 million worldwide to become the No. 2 movie of the pandemic era Spider-Man: No Way Home ($1.8 billion).
Doctor Strange 2 achieved the feat after skipping the James Bond picture No time to die ($774.2 million), released late last year, and the more recent superhero photo the batter ($768.5 million).
Family movies the bad guys and Sonic the hedgehog 2 followed with $6.1 million and $3.9 million, respectively.
Bad guys now has grossed $74.4 million domestically and $182.2 million worldwide, while sonic 2 approaching $400 million after finishing Sunday with $181 million domestically and $375 worldwide (a film that crossed the $400 million mark this weekend) not mapped†
The folk horror film of A24 Men opened in 2,212 theaters nationwide, timed for screening at the Cannes Film Festival this weekend. The film, directed by Alex Garland, finished in fifth place with an estimated $3.3 million.
Fellow A24 title Everything Everywhere All at once grossed $3.2 million to bring the film’s domestic total to $52.3 million – the highest-grossing film of all time for the indie distributor after beating it Uncut Gemstones ($50 million).