Another week, another superhero movie. Last week saw the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro, the sequel to the 2012 original. Starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Dane DeHaan and Jamie Foxx, the film has opened in the top spot over the past weekend with an amazing $5.3 million. Australian audiences are clearly still in love with the web-slinging hero, and this film looks set to repeat the success of the previous four Spider-Man films. The film has yet to be released in the US, but is expected to make an absolute fortune when it opens in the coming weeks.
Opening at second place with a surprisingly strong $4 million is chick flick The Other Woman. It seems as though the women of Australia were very keen to see Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann team up to get back at the man who was cheating on both of them. The marketplace has been starved of a mature rom-com in recent weeks so the film’s successful opening makes sense. Also adding to their already impressive totals were The LEGO Movie, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Grand Budapest Hotel.
|1||The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro||SONY PICTURES||$5,347,525|
|2||The Other Woman||FOX||$4,034,792|
|3||The LEGO Movie||ROADSHOW||$3,238,829|
|4||Captain America:The Winter Soldier||WALT DISNEY||$1,790,729|
|5||The Grand Budapest Hotel||FOX||$1,589,587|
|7||Mr. Peabody and Sherman||FOX||$1,000,652|
|8||Muppets Most Wanted||WALT DISNEY||$653,794|
|10||2 States||MINDBLOWING FILMS||$177,50|
The only major release this week is the high-concept sci-fi film Transcendence, which stars Johnny Depp. The first directorial effort from regular Christopher Nolan cinematographer Wally Pfister, the film considers what would happen if a human consciousness was uploaded into a computer. The complex concept has gone over the heads of most American viewers, with the film bombing on opening weekend making a terrible US$10.8 million. That is not a good return on a $100 million budget. However, reviews suggest that the film is an intriguing look at the human obsession with technology, and should be a challenging and thought-provoking experience for viewers.
All figures from The Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia and Box Office Mojo.