Oz Weekend Box Office Round Up Aug 21 – 24, 2014

 The Inbetweeners 2 (308 screens) took out the top spot, as expected, with a very healthy $3.246m to smash a $10,244 screen average. That puts the flick in fine stead to head near on $9m before all is said and done. I can’t help but think what an opening weekend this could’ve had if it had been held back to the September school holidays as it would’ve smashed a $5m+ and delivered $10m-$12m for a life gross here. We do love our sex and bodily fluid crazed UK youngens, don’t we?

Guardians Of The Galaxy (480 screens) holds 2nd place with another $2.733m into the kitty to bring its domestic haul to $19.1m. There’s still another $8m in the tank here, if not more and I’m gonna be ballsy and say it’ll hit $30m before it finishes up, making it the highest release of 2014 (before The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One gets here).

The Hundred Foot Journey (320 screens) slips only 16% to $1.764m for the weekend and I’ll be my left one it’s that weekday day trade that really cemented its 3rd place ranking for the weekend. This puppy is playing the weekdays a treat, which is why it’s about to cross $6m nationally and it’ll keep on keeping on as long as the exhibitors hold onto the matinees as best they can. I’ve still got $12m on this.

Lucy (259 screens) hits $13m domestically.

Dr Who: Deep Breath (146 screens) smacked a $629k result for the pilot episode of the new season in cinemas. That’s a $4,310 screen average and certainly tells you the fanbase is alive and well.

 A Most Wanted Man (4 prints) finally passes $1m and remains atop the limited release chart with a modest $120,586.

The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared (35 screens) performed modestly with $107k on a $3,108 screen average. Probably a little too wide,  but armed with the coolest title for a film in recent memory and some ace reviews, it may just hang in there yet. $450k

20,000 Days On Earth (12 screens) is another smart play by Madman in keeping it tight. Off 12 screens they generated $74,242 or a $6,187 screen average, which means that it’ll hold sessions fairly strongly across the board in week 2. That, and who doesn’t love a bit of Nick Cave? $350k.

Opening In Cinemas Thursday August 28, 2014 – Felony, If I Stay, Locke, Magic In The Moonlight, Predestination, Legends Of Oz: Dorothy’s Return, Raja Natwarlal, Dragonball Z: Battle Of Gods

Figures From MPDAA

Rank

Title

Box Office

Prints

Screen Avg

Life

Week No

% Diff WoW

1

The Inbetweeners 2

$3,155,150

308

$10,244

$3,246,089

1

new

2

Guardians Of The Galaxy

$2,733,263

480

$5,694

$19,093,493

3

-36%

3

The Hundred Foot Journey

$1,763,587

320

$5,511

$5,742,710

2

-16%

4

Lucy

$1,142,714

259

$4,412

$12,972,765

4

-34%

5

The Expendables 3

$900,710

303

$2,973

$3,184,507

2

-50%

6

Dr Who: Deep Breath

$629,219

146

$4,310

$629,219

1

new

7

Begin Again

$306,429

90

$3,405

$979,360

3

4%

8

Hercules

$136,562

127

$1,075

$8,030,205

5

-61%

9

Freedom (II)

$124,356

98

$1,269

$124,356

1

new

10

A Most Wanted Man

$120,586

43

$2,804

$1,124,689

4

-33%

Limited

Rank

Title

Box Office

Prints

Screen Avg

Life

Week No

% Diff WoW

1

A Most Wanted Man

$120,586

43

$2,804

$1,124,689

4

-33%

2

The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out

$108,771

35

$3,108

$164,581

1

new

3

20,000 Days On Earth

$74,242

12

$6,187

$135,411

1

new

4

The Lunchbox

$50,533

20

$2,527

$1,421,856

7

-26%

5

Snowpiercer

$49,994

26

$1,923

$368,537

5

-7%

6

Singham Returns

$42,381

17

$2,493

$244,447

2

-71%

7

Mardaani

$33,316

14

$2,380

$33,316

1

new

8

Temporary Family

$31,497

8

$3,937

$31,497

1

new

9

Still Life

$31,377

21

$1,494

$569,259

5

-36%

10

Charlie’s Country

$28,472

34

$837

$639,206

6

1%