Australian Box Office Report: Doctor Strange on top for 2nd week in a row

Doctor Strange dominated the box office again for the second week in a row, taking in $3.70 million this week, despite only showing at 558 screens (it opened on 643 screens last week).  This makes it Marvel’s 14th consecutive #1 movie.

In 2nd spot on the ladder is the Mel Gibson-directed Hacksaw Ridge, which premiered this week.  It earned $1.60 million at the box office, and is an Australian coup for the project.  It was filmed in New South Wales and Australian writer Andrew Knight (The Water Diviner, Fast Forward, Full Frontal) is co-writer.

Another new film to debut in the top 5 this week is the new Ben Affleck film, The Accountant.  Earning  $1.57 million at the box office, it however got a bit of a bad rap with reviewers but still managed a no. 3 spot on this week’s box office ladder.

# Film Title Distributor Box Office
1 DOCTOR STRANGE WALT DISNEY 3,706,137
2 HACKSAW RIDGE ICON 1,609,454
3 THE ACCOUNTANT WARNER BROS 1,572,963
4 GIRL ON THE TRAIN ENTERTAINMENT ONE 756,463
5 THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS ENTERTAINMENT ONE 655,709
6 JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK PARAMOUNT 534,325
7 KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES FOX 294,151
8 OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL UNIVERSAL 245,107
9 HELL OR HIGH WATER MADMAN 190,317
10 INFERNO SONY PICTURES 144,807

In contrast, Girl On The Train has dropped down to 4th on the ladder this week, slipping from 2nd spot last week and earning $756,000 . It has been available in cinemas for about 5 weeks now, and with the arrival of the Marvel juggernaut, it was surely time for it to slip a tad bit.

As mentioned last week,  The Light Between Oceans did make a appearance in a significant way on the box office chart, sitting at no. 5 on the box office ladder and earning  $655,000.  Aside from co-stars Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander, other talent to look out for in this production include Bryan Brown and Jack Thompson.

It will be interesting to see just how long Doctor Strange can hold onto its lead, and if there will be a passing of the torch for Hacksaw Ridge. 

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