‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’ Tops U.K. Weekly Home Entertainment Sales Chart Following Disc Release

In its third week on the chart, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Downton Abbey: A New Era climbed to No. 1 on the Official Film Chart, the U.K.’s weekly home entertainment sales chart the week ended Aug. 24.

Following its release on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, the sequel to 2019’s Downton Abbey: The Movie — which also reached No. 1 back in February 2020 — has outsold the rest of the top 10 combined with a very impressive first-week tally on disc. At No. 6 this week is a boxed set of Downton Abbey: The Motion Picture and Downton Abbey: A New Era.

As a result, the previous week’s chart-topper, video game adaptation Sonic the Hedgehog 2, dropped to No. 3 as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s sequel Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore held on at No. 2.

Warner’s The Batman climbed one to No. 4, while Universal’s Sing 2 moved up seven spots to No. 5, and Paramount Home Entertainment’s The Lost City moved up to No. 7.

Paramount’s original Top Gun was once again back in the countdown at No. 8 after ascending seven spots with the release of Top Gun: Maverick to digital downloads.

Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness fell three spots to No. 9, with Paramount’s original 1978 Grease slipping six spots to No. 10.

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The Official Film Chart Top 10 – Aug. 24, 2022

Rank Previous Week Movie Distributor
1 3 DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA UNIVERSAL
2 2 FANTASTIC BEASTS: SECRETS OF DUMBLEDORE WARNER
3 1 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2 PARAMOUNT
4 5 THE BATMAN WARNER
5 12 SING 2 UNIVERSAL
6 NEW DOWNTON ABBEY 2-MOVIE COLLECTION UNIVERSAL
7 8 THE LOST CITY PARAMOUNT
8 15 TOP GUN PARAMOUNT
9 6 DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS DISNEY/MARVEL
10 4 GREASE PARAMOUNT

© Official Charts Company 2022

‘Downton Abbey’ Sequel Climbs to Top Spot on Disc Sales Chart

A vacuum on the new-release calendar means an opportunity for some shifting on the national DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales charts.

The week ended July 16 saw Universal Pictures’ Downton Abbey: A New Era take over the top spot on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales. It had been No. 1 a week earlier in its debut.

However, with only 37% of its sales coming from Blu-ray Disc formats, the Downton Abbey sequel actually slipped a spot on the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart, to No. 4.

The top Blu-ray seller, in its third week, was Warner’s Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore. It had debuted in the top spot before slipping to No. 2 in its second week. It was No. 2 on the overall disc sales chart after two weeks in the top spot.

The previous week’s top Blu-ray Disc, Lionsgate’s multiverse action-fantasy Everything Everywhere All at Once, dropped to No. 2 on the Blu-ray chart and No. 3 on the overall disc chart.

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The No. 3 Blu-ray and No. 4 overall seller was Warner’s The Batman.

The week’s top new release, at No. 8 overall and No. 7 on the Blu-ray chart, was Disney’s The Beatles: Get Back boxed set of Peter Jackson’s multipart documentary about the famed British band, finally release after a delay due to technical issues. It had 66% of its unit sales come from Blu-ray formats.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended July 17 had Universal’s Liam Neeson actioner Memory in the top spot for a second week (it was No. 11 on the sales chart).

In the fact, the top six rentals were all unchanged from the previous week: Vertical Entertainment’s Last Seen Alive, a Redbox kiosk disc exclusive for the next few weeks, remained No. 2; Universal’s The Bad Guys was No. 3, Sony Pictures’ Morbius was No. 4, and Dumbledore was No. 5.

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‘Doctor Strange 2’ Again Dominates North American Box Office

Disney/Marvel Studios’ theatrical hit, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, remained unchallenged for a third weekend, generating an estimated $31.6 million in North American ticket sales through May 22. The sequel starring Bennedict Cumberbatch in the title role saw its domestic tally top $342 million and $803 million globally.

The global tally now exceeds the theatrical results for MGM Studios’ James Bond actioner No Time to Die ($774 million) and Warner Bros. Pictures’ DC superhero The Batman ($768 million).

The ongoing strong box office results were enough to thwart Focus Features’ family period sequel Downton Abbey: A New Era, which generated a reported $16 million across more than 3,800 North American screens. The domestic opening was only about 50% of the 2019 Downton Abbey movie, but still topped $51 million worldwide.

In a media interview, Lisa Bunnell, president of domestic distribution at Focus Features, said the sequel could help bring back the older female moviegoer.

“The only way you are going to get older audience[s] to theaters is to offer them films they want to see,” Bunnell told Variety.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness‘ box office reign is expected to end over the coming Memorial Day weekend when oft-delayed Tom Cruise action sequel Top Gun: Maverick hits big screens worldwide.

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Can ‘New Era’ of ‘Downton Abbey’ Replace ‘Doctor Strange 2’ Atop North American Box Office?

The May 22 North American box office finds Disney/Marvel Studios’ theatrical hit, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, up against the stoic Crawley family period drama sequel Downton Abbey: A New Era, from Universal Pictures’ Focus Features.

Based on the popular TV series, the Downton Abbey original movie release in 2019 generated $31 million at its domestic opening — a tally that could slip by a projected $30 million theatrical ticket haul for the third weekend box office of Doctor Strange 2.

Then again, industry estimates suggest the Downton Abbey sequel would generate about $20 million in revenue across more than 3,800 North American screens. Other box office newcomer, A24’s Men, isn’t expected to beat Universal Pictures/DreamWorks Animation’s The Bad Guys, which is projected to sell another $6.2 million worth of tickets across 3,500 screens in its fifth weekend of release.

Regardless of the outcomes, all will be reconfigured over the next weekend’s Memorial Day when oft-delayed Tom Cruise blockbuster Top Gun: Maverick opens in theaters worldwide.