Downton delivers during box office downturn

Are older audiences finally returning to the cinema? Well, look, it's complicated.

Downton Abbey: A New Era took top slot at the Australian box office last week, moving The Lost City down one slot. Fantastic Beasts which took top slot before Easter but has lost 30% of its audience each weekend since.

Read: Downton Abbey – our review

But even though that might make it look like older audiences are finally returning to cinemas it’s worth pointing out that Downton in its first week made $1.9m off 466 screens whereas, last week, The Lost City had second-week figures of $2.89m, almost a million more. Lost City took $3.38m in the Easter weekend surge. Fantastic Beasts topped the box office the week before with $5.24m.

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.