Downton Abbey: A New Era has the potential to return older audiences to the cinema, and Focus Features, Universal International, and Carnival Films are positioning the title to reach out to older audiences. According to the companies, the sequel will now be released on May 20 in the U.S. and April 29 in the UK.
The first Downton Abbey opened to $31M at the domestic box office, marking the best opening ever for Focus Features. Downton Abbey 2 will open on a weekend where Warner Bros’ family animated film DC Super Pets is the only other studio-wide release. As a consequence of the postponement, STX will only release Guy Ritchie’s Operation Fortune: Ruse de guerre that weekend, but Focus is moving their Mark Ryland crime thriller The Outfit from Feb. 25 to Downton Abbey 2’s old date; to provide cinemas with backfill. Focus Features’ movies generally have a 17-day window before going to PVOD. The Batman, scheduled for release on March 4, is expected to do $100M-plus in the box office, and there are no wide release movies scheduled during the weekend of March 11-13.
Downton Abbey: A New Era What’s different
Downton Abbey: A New Era has the characters traveling to the South of France to uncover the mystery of the Dowager Countess’ newly inherited villa. Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie Baye, and Dominic West joined the second film’s original principal cast.
Julian Fellowes, the creator of Downton Abbey, penned the screenplay with Emmy- and BAFTA-winner Gareth Neame and Emmy-winner Liz Trubridge producing with Fellowes. Directing the film is BAFTA and Emmy Award-nominated Simon Curtis (My Week With Marilyn). A division of Universal Studio Group, NBCUniversal International Studios owns Carnival Films.
Downton Abbey Trailer
You can watch the trailer here.