Australian Box Office Report: Zootopia puts Disney back on top

In their quest for total global dominance, Disney has scored another hit, this time with their new animated flick Zootopia.
The family film pulled in AU$4.2 million in its opening week. Having played for 3 weeks in the States, Zootopia is sitting on a $US633 million worldwide gross and enjoyed the biggest opening ever for a Disney Animation Studio film.

London has Fallen, the sequel to the solid action thriller Olympus has Fallen, made AU$2.1 million. It didn’t have as good an opening as its predecessor but it has been enjoying good reviews, such as ours.

Deadpool toppled The Lady in the Van after the British comedy spent a couple of weeks up top. Deadpool is still making over AU$1 million in its 6th week.

10 Cloverfield Lane and Grimsby round out fifth and sixth spot, respectively. The two second weekers are holding on despite some serious competition.

# Film Title Distributor Box Office
1 ZOOTOPIA WALT DISNEY $4,237,586
2 LONDON HAS FALLEN ROADSHOW $2,171,977
3 DEADPOOL FOX $1,011,612
4 THE LADY IN THE VAN SONY PICTURES $972,879
5 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE PARAMOUNT $833,665
6 GRIMSBY ROADSHOW $757,301
7 HOW TO BE SINGLE WARNER BROS $504,151
8 THE DAUGHTER ROADSHOW $287,989
9 BROOKLYN TRANSMISSION $201,861
10 SPOTLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT ONE $200,984

Well it’s Star Wars all over again. This week finally sees Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice released. The much hyped comic book adaptation will no doubt cause a stir at the box office.
In time for school holidays, Kung Fu Panda 3 should do quite well for young ones and My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 opens too.

This will be my last Box Office Report. In an effort to bring you a prompt and concise report, I’ve elected to offload my weekly role to someone with less time constraints.

It’s been a really interesting journey. A year and a half ago when I was asked to undertake this, I honestly had never cared much for box office figures. More than that, I didn’t understand how a lot of it worked. But I sit here today, with a new found insight. It’s been pretty cool watching movies rise and fall, subvert expectations and fall below them. It was a joy seeing films like Deadpool troll everyone and take the world by storm and reporting on small Australian films like The Last Cab to Darwin and it’s wonderful success.
But alas, as I extend my reach to other portions of The Iris, I leave you with the wonderfully talented Louise Agostino, who gets to deliver all the numbers now, including Batman v Superman next week (that should be interesting!).

Farewell cinephiles!

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

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