Australian Box Office - 3rd August 2017
Leader of the Pack in 2017
Blockbusters in 2017: 13
You have to seriously wonder about who goes to watch something called Andre Rieu's 2017 Maastricht Concert, what the hell the movie had 117 cinemas, made $900k on weekend one and then disappeared into the netherworld. Guess you have to say the definition of front end load. Not quite sure if we covered Transformers: The Last Knight yet but anyways the movie staggered to $12.5 million, which must be some kind of a disappointment for all concerned, but hey how many people can keep watching these half arsed movies. And finally inane comedy The House managed $4.5 million and is now sent to the pile of movies no one ever remembers.
On its third weekend Dunkirk reclaimed top spot, though this had more to do with the weekend delivery one of the worste results thus far in tent pole season in 2017. The wartime flick was off -31.8%, which was more to do with losing 87 screens than diminishing averages. The movie added $2.7 million to the running total that now stnds at $16.5 million. We are in range of blockbuster folks, I'm going to sign off on that right about now. Fingers crossed things stand up for another couple of weekends, fingers crossed for Christopher Nolan, well done Sir. Currently Dunkirk is tracking better in Australia than North America, which given the subject matter, Brit troops cease some sort of victory out of the jaws of defeat, but still nice to see we don't slavishly follow Yank trends.
Over weekend two War for the Planet of the Apes dropped to position two on the chart on the back o a -49.3% contraction from the opening weekend. The movie made an additional $2 million bringing total gross to $7.3 million. Think this still gives the latest in the Ape franchise a decent shot at breakout hit status, but could be a couple of weeks away from achieving that, assuming it does. Opening in third spot Atomic Blonde had 436 screens averaging $4,020 giving a bow of $1.75 million. So another movie that will make a few bucks but which will be forgotten about a couple of weeks after it leaves the chart. Picking around $5.8 million for this one.
What's Coming Up, if anything
Hey guess what Annabelle, you know the freaky doll introduced in The Conjuring that got its own flick, is getting a sequel, which tackles the creation story again. No need to remember the creation shown in the first flick, here's a completely different one. Anyways the poster includes a well, cause that worked for The Ring franchise, and hell should have the teens rocking. I'm picking a $1.4 million opening weekend and something over $3 million total.