What a great weekend for the team at Paramount Pictures with 2 of their films topping the box office in Australia. The fourth installment in the Mission Impossible canon ‘GHOST PROTOCOL’ stormed to the top of the box office taking in $4.3m for the 4 days and will, by wednesday close of business, have raked in around that $7.5-$8m mark. To put that in perspective, that’s 73% of the lifetime gross of 2006’s M:I-3 ($11m) in a week. From here, with solid reviews and no real competition outside THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN from BOXING DAY and SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS early January, GHOST PROTOCOL should be able to sail to north of $15m.
In 2nd place is ‘PUSS IN BOOTS’ still held up well raking in a further $2.2m to the box, and you can expect these figures to skyrocket over the next 3 days as Schools have broken up for the christmas holidays. The film should finish the week (wednesday) on $4.6m to bring its cumulative to $12m and counting.
‘NEW YEAR’S EVE’ held up extremely well only falling 35% to bring in $1.8m for weekend and should finish the week on another $3m in the kitty bringing it’s total to nearly $9m. Well on track to smash U.S. pro rata (it actually already) and to set Australia as one of the key performing territories for the film.
The other notable openers were Palace Films ‘WOMEN ON THE 6th FLOOR’ a french period comedy that, on 26 prints, pulled in just under $166k for the four days. Thats a solid result for the foreign language film with an almost $6,000 screen average (The 5th highest in the country for the weekend).
Madman launched Lars Von Trier’s ‘MELANCHOLIA’, the film that got Kirsten Dunst a best actress nod at Cannes this year, and pulled in $90k for the weekend. This boasted a screen average of $3,900 and for this distinctly up market MA rated title it is certainly a decent performance.
Both WOMEN ON THE 6th FLOOR and MELANCHOLIA face stiff competition with new entries hitting the market with the Italian Comedy SALT OF LIFE releasing thursday with THE IRON LADY and ALBERT NOBBS bowing next monday.
THE TOP TEN
1. MISSION IMPOSSIBLE GHOST PROTOCOL – $4.3m
2. 3D PUSS IN BOOTS – $2.2m
3. NEW YEARS EVE – $1.8m
4. THE TWILIGHT SAGA BREAKING DAWN PART ONE – $750k
5. JACK & JILL – $600k
6. THE INBETWEENERS – $550k
7. 3D ARTHUR CHRISTMAS – $530k
8. 3D DOLPHIN TALE – $345k
9. THE IDES OF MARCH – $315k
10. WOMEN ON THE 6th FLOOR – $166k
Figures are estimated based on results posted. Figures sourced from MPDAA and IBOE.