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This weekend’s box office charts were expected to be a log jam among the September releases, but one film has risen clear above the others: Focus Features/Carnival’s “Downton Abbey,” which earned a $31million opening weekend from 3,079 screens.“Downton Abbey” was projected before the weekend for an opening in the high teens and expected to leg out with older audiences well into October. But now it has passed the $23.6 million of “Insidious: Chapter 3” for the highest opening ever for a Focus release, setting it up for possibly an even longer run as a milder alternative to films like “Joker” that come out next month.“Audiences were clearly ready to come back to Downton and visit the Crawleys and all the familiar faces upstairs and downstairs,” said Focus President of Distribution Lisa Bunnell. “At its core, it’s a story about family and audiences, both original fans and newcomers, are uplifted by that laughter and joy of the film.”“We’re thrilled to be a part of something that began nearly 10 years ago with our friends and colleagues at NBC International and Carnival Films, and to have it remain with the NBCUniversal family with us now and do so well is amazing.”With fans of the ITV/PBS series making up the overwhelming majority of its audience, reception has been predictably strong with an A on CinemaScore and a 4.5/5 on Postrak, joining an 85% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes. Audience breakdown was overwhelmingly female at 74%, with 60% over the age of 35.Overseas, the film opened in 15 more countries and took in $10 million, including $3.6 million from the U.K. in its second weekend. It’s global total now stands at $61.8 million.In a virtual tie for second this weekend are the other two new releases, Fox/Disney’s “Ad Astra” and Lionsgate/Millennium’s “Rambo: Last Blood.” Both films are estimated for a $19 million opening, meeting pre-weekend expectations.With an $80 million budget before reshoots, “Ad Astra” is extremely unlikely to match that figure in domestic grosses given its tepid audience reception. While critics praised the film with an 82% RT score, Postrak polls sat at 2.5/5 and CinemaScore surveys yielded a B-, the lowest among this weekend’s new releases.Overseas numbers were somewhat better with $26 million from all international markets except Taiwan, China and Hong Kong, where Disney is not handling distribution. That gives the film a global start of $45 million, 49% ahead of the pace set last year by “First Man,” which grossed $105 million worldwide.A $19 million opening is better for “Rambo: Last Blood,” as it just edges the $18.2 million opening earned by the last “Rambo” released in 2008. The action film was panned by critics with a 30% RT score but did solidly with a B on CinemaScore and an 85% RT verified audience score. Audience demographics were 66% male and 42% men over the age of 30.September holdovers complete the top 5, as STX’s “Hustlers” and Warner Bros./New Line’s “It: Chapter Two” each grossed $17 million. While “Downton Abbey” brought a bit more competition than expected for female moviegoers, “Hustlers” still held well with a drop of just 49% in its second weekend and a 10-day total of $62.5 million. “It: Chapter Two” has a total of $179 million domestic after three weekends and a global total of $385 million.More to come…Read original story ‘Downton Abbey’ Crowned No. 1 at Box Office With $31 Million Opening At TheWrap
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If you’d like to live like British aristocracy for the day, now’s your chance. The iconic mansion from the hit show and upcoming film “Downton Abbey” has been listed on Airbnb and will be open to select lords and ladies for a one night stay.Highclere Castle, which is used as the setting of the Masterpiece Theater drama, is a real location in Highclere, England, and its owner, the Countess of Carnavon, is the host who has listed her home on Airbnb. For one night only on Nov. 26, Highclere will open the doors to its 300 rooms for you and a guest to get a taste of the finer life in a manor house that dates back to the 17th century.And you can do so all for the price of $159 per night, which would honestly be a great price for even the 1920s.Also Read: 'Downton Abbey' Film Review: Adorable PBS Aristocrats Win the Class War, Again“You will get the opportunity to explore iconic rooms you know so well from ‘Downton Abbey,’ such as the Drawing Room and the Library,” Lady Carnavon writes in her listing. “For one night, you can follow in the footsteps of kings and queens and enjoy life as a Lord or Lady to celebrate the upcoming motion picture event, ‘Downton Abbey.'”The listing says that applicants must be verified Airbnb users with good customer reviews and have a passion for the show. The application period begins on Oct. 1 at 12 p.m. BST.Airbnb will also make a donation to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in honor of the listing. The film “Downton Abbey” opens in the U.S. on Friday.Check out the full Airbnb listing here.Read original story ‘Downton Abbey’ Mansion Now Listed on Airbnb, Open to Select Lords and Ladies At TheWrap
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