Sunday, May 19, 2024

Rarity: “Downton Abbey: A New Era” Made More Last Night Than On Its Preview Night, Picking Up Steam


When “Downton Abbey: A New Era” debuted last Thursday night in previews, box office watchers were disappointed. The Simon Curtis- directed sequel took in just over $1 million.

Weekend box office came to just $16 million, about half of what the first film made in 2019.

But then last night, a curious turn of events: “A New Era,” which has great reviews, made $1.7 million. Very unusual. That’s more than it made last Thursday.

The movie is picking up steam. Maybe fans didn’t really know about it, or know that a major character dies and that a lot more things happen, too. Word of mouth is obviously very good.

So let’s see how “A New Era” fares the rest of this week. It’s a must see if you loved this series!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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