‘Downton Abbey’ opens big: Has the movie topped UK box office?

The Downton Abbey movie finally arrived in UK cinemas last Friday!

The box office for its opening weekend has now been revealed and it’s been confirmed that the long-awaited film is a smash hit.

Up against strong competition from Disney’s The Lion King remake, the sequel to Stephen King horror It, Jennifer Lopez drama Hustlers and Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, the period drama movie confidently topped the UK box office in its first three days on release.

Based on ITV’s period drama series, the Downton Abbey movie grossed £5.1m for Universal between 13th-15th September, reports Screen Daily.

In second place was It: Chapter Two with £3.2m, followed by Hustlers with £1.4m.

The Downton Abbey movie will become writer Julian Fellowes’ highest grossing UK hit if catches up with the £12.3m made by 2002’s Gosford Park, which it’s almost certain to do so.

In fact, some industry analysts have predicted the film could bring in as much as £30m over its theatrical run.

Downton Abbey is released in the US this Friday, following a brand new one-hour Downton special on Thursday night on NBC.

It’ll be up against Brad Pitt’s new sci-fi movie Ad Astra and Sylvester Stallone’s action sequel Rambo: Last Blood at the US box office.

Downton Abbey: The Complete Collection DVD box set is available on Amazon.