BOX OFFICE: “Downton” doth well, not great, “Men” underperform

Making a better sequel did not allow the second “Downton Abbey” movie to overcome COVID depressed turnout, as “Downton Abbey: A New Era” managed a robust $18 million opening weekend, down from the first big screen treatment of the BBC/PBS soap opera.

The first “Downton” earned $31 million when it opened in a pandemic free era, hot on the end of the TV series.

That means “Doctor Strange” and his “Multiverse” win one more weekend before “Top Gun” shoots him down. Another $27-28 million will have been added to its tally by midnight Sunday.

“The Bad Guys” are biting off another $5 million+, clearing $75, fated to fall short of $100 before “Buzz Lightyear” takes down everybody in June.

“Sonic 2” is still making bank, adding nearly $4 more this weekend.

Men,” the latest from A24, only managed $3.5, just enough to overcome the latest weekend take of the studio’s biggest performer ever. “Everything Everywhere All At Once” added another $3, clearing the $50 million mark – $52 by midnight Sunday.

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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