Downton Abbey narrowly tops the Australian box office with $3.2m in its first weekend

Downton Abbey, the film continuation of the TV series of the same name, has narrowly knocked It: Chapter 2 off the top spot in the Australian box office, taking $3.22m in its first weekend across 502 screens.

It: Chapter 2 took $3.15m across 363 screens, a 47% drop from its first weekend, for a running total of $11m.

The Downton Abbey film picks up where the TV series left of when it concluded in 2015

Both films performed better than The Angry Birds Movie 2 which was also released for its first weekend, taking $1.47m across 359 screens. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, which held the top spot for three weeks, landed in fourth with $821,136 across 335 screens for its fifth week of release. It adds to a total of $19.42m and has taken US$285m globally.

The Australian Dream, the Adam Goodes documentary written by Stan Grant and directed by Daniel Gordon, took a further $53,536 across 54 screens, adding to a running total of $603,192 from four weeks. It dropped from $83,346 in last weekend’s box office.

Australian thriller The Nightingale took $44,008 across 32 screens for 19th place in the box office ranking. The film is the second from The Babadook director Jennifer Kent.

Fifth place in the ranking went to action flick Angel Has Fallen with $375,994 across 233 screens, followed by Disney’s The Lion King which took $321,073 across 206 screens for its tenth week out – adding to a running total of $62.95m.

Lulu Wang’s comedy The Farewell, which has received critical acclaim for its portrayal of Chinese-American families, took a further $225,324 across 64 screens for its second week, landing in the seventh spot, followed by Bollywood rom-com Dream Girl which took $194,606 for its first week in the Australian box office across 33 screens.

Fast & Furious: Hobbs and Shaw took ninth place with $180,129, followed by Gang Leader – a 2019 Indian Telugu-language action comedy film, which took $105,399 across 23 screens.

Title (Distributor) Weekend B/O Screens Total B/O
Downton Abbey (Universal) $3,218,839 502 $3,218,839
It: Chapter 2 (Wb) $3,152,125 363 $11,006,065
The Angry Birds Movie 2 (Sony) $1,472,296 359 $1,557,415
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (Sony) $821,136 335 $19,458,157
Angel Has Fallen (Roadshow) $375,994 233 $5,427,829
The Lion King (2019) (Disney) $321,073 206 $63,036,000
The Farewell (Roadshow) $225,324 64 $847,700
Fast & Furious: Hobbs And Shaw (Universal) $180,129 151 $18,684,725
Palm Beach (Universal) $81,176 136 $4,324,510
Ne Zha (Cmc Pictures) $73,594 28 $1,929,460
Chhichhore (Mindblowing Films) $71,180 20 $209,161
Amazing Grace (Studiocanal) $69,000 65 $670,532
Take Home Pay (M2s1 Films) $64,578 25 $165,217
The Australian Dream (Madman) $53,556 54 $925,148
Danger Close: The Battle Of Long Tan (Transmission) $48,526 92 $2,852,799
Weathering With You (Madman) $44,014 32 $1,150,199
The Nightingale (2019) (Transmission) $44,008 32 $402,681
Dog's Journey, A (Universal) $41,574 94 $1,964,879
Dogman (Palace) $19,993 18 $279,730
Overcomer (Crossroads) $19,719 35 $558,647

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