‘Downton Abbey’ Rules Box Office Over ‘Ad Astra’ and ‘Rambo: Last Blood’

  • Indiewire
On Emmy Awards weekend, as theaters feel the squeeze from both streaming and cable, who comes to the rescue? The movie sequel to the British hit PBS drama “Downton Abbey” slays the competition –and sets a Focus Features record–by pulling older women to over 3,000 theaters.

And really rare these days (particularly for low-performers September and October): all three new movies opened to over $19 million. And the top five all came in over $17 million, unusual at any time of year.

On the other hand, there’s a big gap between the top five and the rest of the weekend slate (no other films grossed even $3 million). But the net result notches a $30-million bump from the same weekend last year, and could boost the lagging year total going forward. Will 2019 catch up to 2018? Not likely. But the margin should fall significantly. This gets the shortfall to around $500 million and
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