Australian Box Office Report: Logan slashes right through to the top of the ladder

It should come as little surprise that the highly-anticipated “final” Wolverine film, Logan, should do so well in its premiere week. The film shot straight up to no. 1 at the box office and earneda massive  $7.85m in the process.  This is Hugh Jackman’s last foray as Logan/Wolverine, and it’s been well reported that he and director James Mangold wanted to give the character a send-off worthy of a superhero. It’s also Patrick Stewart’s way of performing his swan song for Charles Xavier, and, for the next generation, an introduction to new lil’ mutant in Dafne Keen, who plays Wolverine Jr., Laura.

Logan had the most successful screen opening of the year to date, beating out Fifty Shades Darker, which managed $6.16m in its premiere week.

Still riding high on its triple-Oscar nominations and positive reviews is Hidden Figures, slipping from 1st place to no. 2 at the box office and earning $1.81m this week.  

# Film Title Distributor Box Office
1 LOGAN FOX 7,851,961
2 HIDDEN FIGURES FOX 1,812,901
3 LION TRANSMISSION 1,022,707
4 JASPER JONES MADMAN 632,538
5 FIFTY SHADES DARKER UNIVERSAL 631,274
6 THE GREAT WALL UNIVERSAL 619,243
7 RINGS PARAMOUNT 405,424
8 BEFORE I FALL ROADSHOW 402,399
9 T2: TRAINSPOTTING SONY PICTURES 381,530
10 FIST FIGHT ROADSHOW 355,337

Steady in 3rd place at the box office is Lion, which earned $1.02m at the box office this week.  It’s done very well in Australian cinemas, remaining within top 5 since its release in January and is one of our country’s most successful films of all times.

What has moved, however, is Fifty Shades Darker, dropping from 4th place to 5th this week, and earning $631k.  Taking its 4th place spot is the Australian film, Jasper Jones, which earned just more Dakota Johnson’s sultry flick, with $632k at the box office.

Kong: Skull Island debuts this weekend and should make an appearance towards the top end on the box office report. Though don’t expect Hugh to drop down that easily…

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

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