Well it’s been a weekend of ‘Who would’ve thunk it?’ because its the weekend where a little Teddy Bear with a heart of gold and the mouth of a toilet would go head to head with a massive studio franchise reboot and smack it right up the chops. Yes TED opened on Thursday and put paid to any notion that the extraordinary sneaks weekend results would’ve gutted the first weekend take but sailing in and marauding the box office for what’s going to be a $8.7m opening 4 day weekend. That’s taken this films season gross to $13m and this is shaping up to be an MA rated HANGOVER level box office result. From here the film has $24m in the bag and for my money I wouldn’t be surprised if the film lands around $26-$27m. What a spectacular result – Universal must be rapt and Fox U.S. must be kicking themselves when they turned this project down.
Sony’s 3D THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN reboot comes home in 2nd place with a $5.5m weekend (adding in Wednesday opening the running total for the film is $7.8m). Spidey’s a bit softer in Australia against the ginormous results coming out of the U.S. where it’s going to smash $140m for its opening weekend. From here Spidey is going to finish the week on around $7.5m and should see it’s season wind up at around $16m mark. This will be the softest box office result in Australia for the franchise. The biggest problem that the film faces is in longevity and it’s only got 11 days to make its cash before THE DARK KNIGHT RISES gets here an annihilates it. That sounds harsh – its not meant to – it’s just the reality of it. Come on Spidey – you’ve got it in you!
Fox’s 3D ICE AGE 4: CONTINENTAL DRIFT took out 3rd place with a $5m haul for the weekend bringing it’s gross to $15.7m, again this one will come in around the $20m-$21m before the end of it’s run and pits it around the franchise opener result. (Ice Age – $20.4m, Ice Age: The Meltdown – $24.6m, 3D Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs – $29.8m, 3D Ice Age: Continental Drift – $21m)
Disneys 3D BRAVE rallied well to hold its own for the weekend with a $2.1m result. The film should finish the week around the $4.1m mark and bring its running total to $12.8m life. She’s dead on track to take $15m for life in theatres before the film bows out. This puts the film ahead of RATATOUILLE’s $14.4m result and behind CARS $17.7m making it the 9th highest grossing PIXAR release in Australia.
Paramount’s 3D KATY PERRY: PART OF ME, like the U.S., was very soft here in Australia taking out 6th place with a weekend gross $720k for the 4 days and a running total of $1.32m – it’s very much in the same ball park as JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER but this one will pull up quick smart and should finish its run at around $2.8m.
On the limited from Umbrella’s A HAPPY EVENT was virtually abandoned at the box office with a $10k opening weekend result of 10 screens. The film, which did a small run in the French film festival simply couldn’t get an audience and fell apart over the weekend. Madman’s A ROYAL AFFAIR continues to hold its own with a $170k weekend and a life gross $685k.
1. TED – UNI – Week 1 – $8.7m – cume $13m – (forecast $27m)
2. 3D THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN – SON – Week 1 – $5.5m – cume $7.5m (forecast $16m)
3. 3D ICE AGE 4: CONTINENTAL DRIFT – FOX – Week 2 -$5m – cume $15.7m (forecast $21m)
4. 3D BRAVE – DIS – Week 3 – $2.1m – cume $10.8m (forecast $15m)
5. SNOW WHITE & THE HUNTSMAN – UNI – Week 3 – $2m – cume $15.7m (forecast $21m)
6. 3D KATY PERRY: PART OF ME – PAR – Week 1 – $720k – cume $1.32m (forecast $2.8m)
7. THE THREE STOOGES – FOX – Week 2 – $600k – cume $2m (forecast $2.8m)
8. 3D PROMETHEUS – FOX – Week 5 – $303k – cume $17.63m (forecast $18m)
9. A ROYAL AFFAIR – MAD – Week 3 – $170k – cume $685k (forecast $1m)
10. BOL BACHCHAN – FOX – Week 1 – $160k – cume $160k (forecast $300k)
Figures from RENTRAK