Downton Abbey: A New Era managed to rake in $1 million during Thursday’s previews. There are currently 3,300 cinemas showing the film. Focus Features is banking heavily on the established brand as this is the most comprehensive release for the studio in its history. Many observers are wondering what would be the first film to bring older viewers back to theaters. Lisa Bunnell, sales manager for Focus Features, previously said so Downton Abbey could be the ticket according to the deadline. The film has already grossed $30 million internationally. A number of these places had a wonderful opening in April. In the States, however, the film will face slightly more competition. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness soldiers and will present a small obstacle. However, it would not be unreasonable to expect Downton Abbey eclipse $40 million by the end of the weekend.
Series star Elizabeth McGovern spoke to RogerEbert.com about what she learned from this series. “I think the discipline of being in front of a camera for as many hours as necessary, shooting series episodes and working with so many different directors and so many different actors. There’s hardly anyone at British Equity who hasn’t been on the show,” noted McGovern. “It’s been incredibly valuable to me. Above all, it’s helped me become very flexible in the way I work and be able to “To work in different ways and work faster and worry less. Because you just have to. You don’t have time to overthink or get neurotic.”
“I sucked my teeth in my early days with feature films, and there’s just so much more time in a feature film, especially for actors who do very well, they’re so spoiled,” she continued. “But when you do a show like ‘Downton,’ nobody gets spoiled. You just have to keep going. And it’s actually, I think, pretty sane. I can be so presumptuous as to use that word.”
Here is the synopsis for Downton Abbey: A New Era. “From award-winning creator Julian Fellowes comes the feature film event DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA. The highly-anticipated cinematic return of the global phenomenon reunites the beloved cast as they embark on a grand journey to the south of France to unravel the mystery of the dowager countess’ newly inherited villa.”
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