Australian Box Office - 26th January 2017
Leader of the Pack in 2017
Blockbusters in 2017: 2
Got to say Assassin's Creed made more than expected after the opening weekend, though Fox would have expected a wbole bunch more cash. The earn of $9.6 million is certainly not a disaster, and considering the movie only had four weeks in the top twenty, is actually a pretty good result. Clearly the feeling was this one would generate a franchise but have a feeling the result wasn't high enough to justify even a sequel. Time will tell I guess and it depends on how much support the idea had amongst Studio Execs. Roadshow might have had some thoughts of an excellent result with Collateral Beauty, consideing one time A listed Will Smith along with Edward Nortan and Kate Winslet were in the cast, but the movie could only manage a couple of million over a limited two week run. Not a great start to the year for Roadshow but of course they have some heavier ammunition to expend later in the year. Speaking of things not quite working out for Roadshow, their follow up to local blockbuster Red Dog, cringe worthly entitlted Red Dog: True Blue never got off the tarmac with a poor $7 million result, confirming that a lot of punters were less than impressed with the overly hyped original movie and this time weren't fooled again. ONce again this site is prepared to state that Australia needs to do original movies and not keep pumping out paper thin copies of foreign movies, looking at you Australia. And finally Fox almost got a win with animated flick Trolls making $17.3 million. Okay toons should blockbuster but given the weight of numbers something has to drop by the wayside. Fox will be okay with the eight week run and pretty much have an okay result with this one.
For the second weekend in a row Lion held down top spot with a surprisingly very similar result to that it obtained on opening weekend. With 0% movement an additional $4.2 million pushed total earnings above breakout hit status to a solid $11.4 million. Okay the movie is being driven by the usual hype and hysteria surronding any major Aussie release and I can guarantee a lot of people ain't going to be fooled again. If you want to go catch this PC driven reamke of a couple of previous movies then go right ahead, but be warned, nothing new to be seen here, and could for fracking once Nicole Kidman not be cast in an Aussie mainstream movie.
Chalk up an early win for the dark genre Downunder in 2017, Split shock it all night long to lodge a heavy average of $11,987 over 289 screens for a bow of $3.5 million.
Looking ahead the movie may not make it above breakout status but will lodge a very decent opening indicating M. Night is back baby. We never brought into the hysteria dumped on
the U.S Director that some foreign sites were prone to indulge in and find it now ironic that those same sites are now singing his praises. As usual the internet sure does show
itself to be filled with immature individuals that present themselves as tween chicks deprived of One Direction tickets. In third sport XXX 3 dropped -55% and lodged
$1.4 million in the process, pushing total earn to North of $5.5 million, not enough in my opinion to avoid the meh result on it's way, seems the Bogan element are cashed out from
What's Coming Up, if anything
So not a lot new on offer this weekend, grab a session with one of the three current flicks in cinemas kids.