Australian Box Office - 26th January 2017

Leader of the Pack in 2017
Sing
$14,058,318

Blockbusters in 2017:  2

Weekend Box Office - Weekend 4, 2017
No Movie Title Distributor
Cinemas
Released
Averages
$ Week
%
$ Total
WIR
LW
1
Lion
Roadshow
257
19/01/2017
$16,286
4,185,509
0%
11,419,215
2
1
2
Split
Universal
289
26/01/2017
$11,987
3,464,324
NA
3,673,545
1
-
3
XXX 3: The Return Of Xander Cage
Paramount
331
19/01/2017
$4,036
1,336,039
-55%
5,523,708
2
2
4
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
Sony Pictures
258
26/01/2017
$4,858
1,253,276
NA
1,360,280
1
-
5
LA LA Land
Entertainment One
257
26/12/2016
$4,590
1,179,571
-11%
15,502,337
5
5
6
Moana
Walt Disney
282
26/12/2016
$3,343
942,663
-48%
24,320,137
5
4
7
Sing
Universal
290
26/12/2016
$3,150
913,588
-44%
27,457,618
5
3
8
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Walt Disney
271
15/12/2016
$2,314
627,089
-40%
50,099,739
7
6
9
Ballerina
Studiocanal
238
12/01/2017
$2,518
599,367
-31%
3,698,455
3
9
10
Monster Trucks
Roadshow
235
12/01/2017
$2,439
573,062
-42%
4,394,367
3
7
11
Live By Night
Warner Bros
218
26/01/2017
$2,191
477,613
NA
575,006
1
-
12
Raees
Mindblowing Films
29
26/01/2017
$16,206
469,972
NA
653,083
1
-
13
Passengers
Roadshow
198
05/01/2017
$2,340
463,273
-51%
13,988,390
5
8
14
Middle School: The Worst Year Of My Life
Roadshow
173
12/01/2017
$1,952
337,765
-47%
3,064,242
3
10
15
Allied
Paramount
203
26/12/2016
$1,400
284,158
-43%
11,685,203
5
12
16
Jackie
Entertainment One
75
12/01/2017
$3,231
242,293
-20%
1,675,203
3
15
17
Why Him?
Fox
95
26/12/2016
$2,332
221,540
-54%
10,790,931
5
13
18
A United Kingdom
Transmission
58
26/12/2016
$3,705
314,893
+98%
2,266,483
5
19
19
Moonlight
Roadshow
25
26/01/2017
$8,564
214,099
NA
307,036
1
-
20
Journey To The West: The Demons Strike Back
Sony/Asia Releasing
21
26/01/2017
$9,194
193,065
NA
193,065
1
-

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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 Xmas still.

The second major dark genre release of the weekend, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, turned in a rock solid result for a dark genre flick. The end of times flick averaged a solid enough $4,858 over 258 screens for a bow of $1.25 million and pretty much an assured horror past mark. Underworld: Blood Wars managed a respectable total gross of $3.75 million late 2016 and I really can't see RE overhauling that total in the battle of the horror heroine heavies, sorry Mila, Kate is still kicking it in the leathers. We will attemp to go retro on the franchise and get everything signed and sealed first quarter this year. And one that slipped under my radar was Journey To The West: The Demons Strike Back, a Chinese action/horror flick that continues the East's strong showing recently at the Australian cinema. The movie admittedly did scrap into 20th spot on the back of a surprisingly good $9,194 over 21 screens for a bow of $193k. Not much to say about this one, haven't really dialled into Chinese dark genre flicks, and am still waiting on the release of Train To Busan and The Wailing. Some good news there, Train To Busan drops in March.

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.

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