It's clearly still doing well in its own lane, with not much direct demo competition from the other movies out there.
For all the "controversy" about Joker, the movie has tons of supporters. Even perpetual curmudgeon Michael Moore decided to post a stirring defense of the movie. And Joker may not be a typical comic book movie, but it is about a famous comic book character. Downton Abbey, on the other hand, entered theaters like a hobo at the queen's royal reception. What is THAT television show doing in theaters? Downton Abbey wasn't expected to beat Rambo: Last Blood or Brad Pitt's Ad Astra space movie in its opening weekend, but it handily defeated both , even though it played on fewer screens. It also gave Focus Features its best opening of all-time. Rambo V took a little shot at Downton Abbey in defense of its own movie, seeming to argue that Rambo's haters were just wimpy tea-loving Downton fans. Saturday Night Live also took a shot at Downton in defense of Joker, arguing that Downton was boring and low-stakes, and Joker may not be perfect but at "at least stuff happens."
Alien’s Androids Are Alphabetized. While the Alien franchise swaps in different androids for (almost) every installment, there is an interesting consistency to them: they go in alphabetical order. Ash, Bishop, Call, and, most recently, David (played by Michael Fassbender in Prometheus and Alien: Covenant).
"Captain America: The First Avenger." Hayley Atwell surprisingly touching Chris Evans' chest, as he emerged from the pod upon turning into Captain America, was very much improvised, and the surprise on her face is genuine, as she admitted in interviews she was very taken by Chris' physique and nearly broke character and ruined the take that made it into the film, as a result.
But too bad, 'cause guess what? People love Downton Abbey! Audiences and critics actually agree about it, both rating the movie high. It may confuse people who weren't already caught up on the TV show, but it also probably opened the door wide open for more TV shows to hit the big screen .
Also, since Downton is still finding a strong audience in theaters after three weeks, the door is probably open for sequels. It sounds like the creative team is open to that idea.
To me, the Downton Abbey movie is a true underdog. It was overlooked, dismissed, and mocked on its way to surprising almost everyone. Almost, I say, because the true Downton Abbey fans turned up for it and showed everyone class and wit can sometimes win over the loudest voices in the room.
Keep up with everything still heading to the big screen this year with our 2019 movie release date schedule .