Downton Abbey has beaten out Brokeback Mountain to become the highest-grossing domestic film debut ever for Focus Features bosses.
The new movie, based on the hit television show of the same name, has earned $83.5 million at the U.S box office and US$155.1 million globally since its release in the US last month.
"This isn’t just a huge achievement for Focus Features, but a huge sign that specialty moviegoers still very much want and are looking to have that theatrical experience,” Focus chairman Peter Kujawski tells Deadline.
"Downton offered that and audiences responded in a big way."
The new feat for Downton Abbey, directed by Michael Engler, broke a 13-year record previously held by Brokeback Mountain, the 2005 drama from filmmaker Ang Lee that went on to win three Academy Awards.