Downton Abbey: A New Era debuted at the number two spot in its first weekend with $16 million, which is lower than Friday’s $18 million forecast, but good enough for Focus Features’ best weekend debut of the pandemic era.
This is less than half of the $31 million that the first Downton Abbey film opened to back in 2019, but a win nonetheless for a marketplace struggling to lure older audiences to theaters.
Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, and Phyllis Logan return for Downton Abbey 2, which has a $40 million production budget compared to the first film’s $20 million.
Both films continue the hit ITV and PBS TV series, which ran for six seasons. First film grossed nearly $100 million domestically and $194 million globally. Downton Abbey 2 made $35 million internationally, bringing its total to $51 million.
Nearly 50% of Downton Abbey 2’s audience was over 55, which is a good sign considering how West Side Story and King Richard performed. House of Gucci, directed by Ridley Scott, topped $50 million domestically.
Disney’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness topped the box office for the third (and probably last) time before Top Gun: Maverick. The film’s domestic total is now $342 million.
Doctor Strange 2 has made $460 million internationally, bringing its total to $800 million. The year’s biggest hit. It could become the second pandemic-era film to make over $1 billion worldwide, after Spider-Man: No Way Home.
The Bad Guys and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 earned $6.1 million and $3.9 million, respectively. The Bad Guys made $74 million domestically and $182 million globally, while Sonic 2 made $181 million domestically and $368 million globally.
Men, Alex Garland’s follow-up to Annihilation, debuted at #5 with $3.29 million. The film’s D+ CinemaScore is typical for arthouse horror. Everything Everywhere All at Once has become A24’s biggest domestic release, surpassing Uncut Gems.