Australian Box Office Report: Lion proves to be king of the box office for the 2nd week in a row

Hooray for Australian film! Oscar hopeful Lion continued to dominate at the box office this week, bringing in $4.18m.  As an Aussie indie production, it’s doing quite well.  Lion and The Great Gatsby have been the only Australian films to earn more at the box office in its second week in the cinemas.

As predicted last week, M. Night Shyamalan’s newest film, Split, definitely made its way into the top of the box office charts.  In just its opening weekend, it’s already earned $3.46m and will surely stay in the top 10 for weeks to come.

# Film Title Distributor Box Office
1 LION TRANSMISSION 4,185,509
2 SPLIT UNIVERSAL 3,464,324
3 XXX 3: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE PARAMOUNT 1,336,039
4 RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER SONY PICTURES 1,253,276
5 LA LA LAND ENTERTAINMENT ONE 1,179,571
6 MOANA WALT DISNEY 942,663
7 SING UNIVERSAL 913,588
8 ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY WALT DISNEY 627,089
9 BALLERINA STUDIOCANAL 599,367
10 MONSTER TRUCKS PARAMOUNT 573,062

Last week’s no. 3, Sing,  has dropped considerably down the ladder to the 7th spot, making way for XXX 3: The Return of Xander Cage. This made  $1.33m at the box office, despite it dropping down from no. 2 to its no. 3 spot this week.

However, another strong debut this week is fellow horror flick, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, which made $1.25m at the box office and sits at no. 4.  Not only is this a great week for horror/thriller fans, but a pretty good week for Aussie actor Ruby Rose, who appears in both XXX 3: The Return of Xander Cage and Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.  

Three films making waves in the media will be released this week and should make a showing in the next box office report.  Manchester by the Sea, critically acclaimed, hits theatres this weekend.  In contrast, Gold and Patriot’s Day,  with its mixed reviews (the former much more than the latter), may struggle at the box office.

All figures from The Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia and Box Office Mojo

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