Downton Abbey breaks the record for highest-grossing focus film debut

ByTeam Ahlan!Sunday , 20 October 2019
Downton Abbey breaks the record for highest-grossing focus film debut

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. 

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