Australian Box Office - 19th October 2017
Leader of the Pack in 2017
Blockbusters in 2017: 15
So we had a few movies that gave up the battle over the weekend as figures start to racket up again, some big movies hitting cinemas over the next couple of weeks folks. Flatliners (2017) survived for a scant two weekends but still managed to get a dark genre pass mark, so I guess no real foul committed there, though you have to say word of mouth must have been shocking on this one. The movie passed in at $2.8 million, which had me nodding my head in something like approval. A few movies we really don't care about also slunk off into that dark night as the top twenty got a shake up. American Assassin rambled for five weeks, not doing that much, and then dived for cover with $3.2 million in the credit, which pretty much equates to a meh result and punters flipping to the next page. Another in the girls behaving badly, cause the shite that was The Hangover wasn't enough to separate the mouth breathers from the rest of us, took a tumble in reputation as Girls Trip dropped with the meager return, for type, of $5 million after seven weeks of partying. Another in the seemingly never ending Australian ethnic minority movies saw a Muslim cleric's eldest son facing an arrange marriage except he has the hots for an Aussie born Lebanese girl, white peoiple and their problems huh! Anyways Aussie punters didn't give a flock and the movie dropped out of the chart with $1.3 million to the good. And finally Madman released the documentary Mountain to a rousing couple of million over a month long run, not bad for something that really doesn't do much beyond visually impressing.
Finally a movie arrived to topple Blade Runner 2049 and it took another SciFi, albeit disaster, flick to achieve that result. Naturally we're right across a disaster movie, especially if it involves environmental apocalypse, so were high fiving each other over this result. Geostorm opened on 324 screens, way to go Warner Brothers, but could only muster a per screen average of $4,750 which doesn't bode well to logevity to behonest. On the bright side the opening bow of $1.54 million puts the movie on track for a definitely passing mark. From here the total looks to be around the $4.2 million mark, which is pretty bad for a disaster flick even in this Country. Bummer was hoping for something a lot better, maybe the movie will hold on like your crazy ex-girlfriend.
Weekend three saw Blade Runner 2049 dropped to second spot on the back of a -46.5% drop, which is a bit worrying given the expectations distributor Sony would have had leading into the weekend. Still a $1.4 million result isn't anything to get upset about and the movie did climb into breakout hit territory with total gross now standing around $10.6 million. So we are a long way from blockbuster status, read isn't going to happen, but at least things aren't dire straights bad, yet. In third spot The Mountain Between Us fell -45.7% over weekend two with earnings dropping to $941K, ouch, total gross now stands at $3.4 million meaning a meh result end of day. Considering the foundations shift next weekend with the latest superhero flick hitting screens, the result spells trouble for the Fox flick.
On weekend two Happy Death Day dropped -44.4% but made $798K which was enough to push the movie above a passing grade, total gross now stands at $2.6
million and rising. Perfectly happy over here and doing the happy hungry hungry hippo dance.
Uhmm election called in Queensland, go the Greens!