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Welcome to the third weekend in September, where the box office race is off to an interesting start. We have three new films in theaters this weekend and it looks like Downton Abbey is sitting pretty at the top with $13.8 million earned domestically. It’s doing just as well overseas, earning $12.2 million for a total worldwide gross of just over $26 million.
The film is a return to the world of the popular TV series that follows the quiet personal dramas that play out in a prestigious British manor in the early 20th century starring Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery, Matthew Goode, and Maggie Smith. It would seem the series’ ardent fanbase and those hankering for an escape to 1920s Britain for some upstairs-downstairs intrigue turned out in full force on opening night.
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Downton Abbey‘s Friday box office win is all the more surprising considering it was going up against fellow newcomers Rambo: Last Blood and the critically-acclaimed Ad Astra. A period drama beating out a bloody action flick and a Brad Pitt-centric sci-fi adventure? Color me very surprised. Speaking of ardent fanbases, the Rambo franchise has that in spades. However, the $7.2 million Last Blood earned belies an initial hesitation from audiences, possibly stemming from negative reviews...
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