We’ve been hearing for quite some time that the advance ticket sales for Focus Features’ big-screen take on the TV series Downton Abbey
are just through the roof. On Fandango
, presales for the Michael Engler
-directed feature continue to best those of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again and The Great Gatsby. This is not the case for advance ticket sales to Millennium
’s Rambo: Last Blood
at the big chains. One midsize East Coast exhibitor tells us that Downton already has sold seven times more tickets than Rambo at his theater. Despite the discrepancy, its a toss-up as to whether Downton or Rambo wins the weekend with a $23M-$25M take apiece.
Some box office soothsayers believe that Downton has advance ticket sales, and that’s it. An older-skewing female pic like that typically doesn’t play into the wee hours of the night.