Australian Box Office Report: Despicable Me 3 regains top spot for school holidays

Seems that you can’t keep a good Gru down, as Despicable Me 3, last week’s 2nd place title on the box office ladder, has regained its no. 1 spot, making $3.42m in the process. Earnings slipped this week by 3%, but was added to 10 more screens nationally for the school holiday period.

As a result, last week’s no. 1 film, Transformers: The Last Knight, dropped down to 2nd place, making $2.17m. It’s currently on 89 more screens nationally than Despicable Me 3 (539 compared to 450 for the Minions), and has made $8.27m since its release.

# Film Title Distributor Box Office
1 DESPICABLE ME 3 UNIVERSAL 3,426,901
2 TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT PARAMOUNT 2,178,759
3 WONDER WOMAN WARNER BROS 1,837,552
4 CARS 3 WALT DISNEY 1,796,647
5 THE HOUSE WARNER BROS 1,627,021
6 DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL FOX 584,702
7 ROUGH NIGHT SONY PICTURES 432,950
8 THE MUMMY UNIVERSAL 377,207
9 ALL EYEZ ON ME ROADSHOW 269,452
10 BAYWATCH PARAMOUNT 229,768

Similarly, 3rd and 4th place on the ladder this week did a swap, too.  In 4th place last week was Wonder Woman, now back to 3rd place, earning $1.83m this week.  It’s the most successful title in the top 20 on the box office, having earned $26.40m since its release about a month ago.  

Dropping from 3rd place to 4th place this week was Cars 3.  This week, it made $1.79m, with earnings down 18% from last week when it premiered in cinemas.  School holiday screenings meant that its screens nationwide were bumped up by 10 (now on 420 screens across the country).

Rounding out the top five films at the box office this week was The House.  In 5th place, this film, starring Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler, made $1.62m in its opening week and was generally well-received by the general public.

Last week’s prediction regarding Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul did end up in the top 10, making it to 6th place and earning $584k. However, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales drops out the top 10.

Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theatres this week so it should show up on next week’s report.

All figures from The Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australiaand Box Office Mojo.

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