Oz Weekend Box Office Round Up Sept 4 – 7, 2014

TMNT 1-SHEET REVWell cowa-me-bungas if Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (422 screens) took out the top spot on its sneaks weekend. The film ran Friday to Sunday and snaffled a $2.1m finish, edging out the other wide opener Into The Storm and cementing its strength as seen in the U.S. Not a bad l’il result and it puts a hefty bit of wind in the sails for a big opening weekend this one coming. With a sneaks result like that the film is squarely in the $10-$15m box office range in Australia as it heads out just prior to school holidays. We already know reviews aren’t exactly stellar, but this kind of property is pretty much review proof as it relies heavily on the staying power of the franchise brand. TMNT’s re-invigorated TV show on Nickolodeon has been a runaway smash and, as we know a sequel has already been greenlit, these amphibians are here to stay for the forseeable future! Bam!

Into The Storm (336 screens) opens in 2nd with $1.98m on a solid $5,892 screen average. Australia performed stronger on pro rata with the U.S. coming in at 11% against the $17.9m opening and from here there’s $6-$8m in this if it can hold out against the wall of holiday fare starting to bow from Thursday. Its only major competition for the next 10 days is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and that battle has already been fought and lost. The winning factor for Into The Storm is that cute 89 minute runtime, which means you can squeeze sessions in all over the place against most of the other films on release that run well over 100 minutes.

Guardians Of The Galaxy (380 screens) passes $23m at the Aussie Box Office as it stays on the dias with bronze. A 2nd wind of sorts is in the wings with school holidays just around the corner. This is now the record holder for Marvel as their longest running #1 position holder in the U.S. with 5 of its 6 weeks in the top spot over there. Keep on chugging, Guardians, there’s still a good chance for $30m out of you!

The Hundred Foot Journey (300 screens) is working its weekday magic as it edges closer to $10m as it now sits on $9.2m. By this time Friday it’ll have claimed that prize and keep on kicking over for a while yet, me hearties!

Lucy (179 screens) will pass $15m domestically today! Yay!

Boyhood (59 screens) opens modestly with $281,058, but you just wait and see the weekday trade on this puppy once word of mouth starts up. Mark this puppy down on your Oscars sheets for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette) and possibly Best Supporting Actor (Ethan Hawke). Trust me, kiddies, this one is a surefire contender.

What We Do In The Shadows (49 screens) tops the limited release calendar with $229,425 on the back of a modest $4,682. This one is a word of mouther and should be able to hold ground over the coming weeks as the walls of limited release titles wane in favour of stronger commercial fare.

The Grandmaster (2 screens) bombs with $6,101 or a $3,051 screen average. Mixed reviews and a really crowded market place didn’t help matters for Wong Kar Wai’s long awaited martial arts flick.

Wetlands (1 screen) tanked with $2,219.

Opening In Cinemas Thursday September 11, 2014 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Step Up All In, The Giver, I Origins, Tarzan, Island Of Lemurs: Madagascar, Night Moves, The Immigrant, Finding Fanny 

Figures from MPDAA

NATIONAL TOP TEN

Rank

Film

Dist

Week

Box Office

Screens

Sc/Avg

Life Box

Diff

1

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

PAR

P/V

$ 2,099,441

422

$ 4,975 $ 2,099,441

new

2

Into The Storm

RDS

1

$ 1,979,643

336

$ 5,892 $ 2,013,827

new

3

Guardians Of The Galaxy

DIS

5

$ 1,190,608

380

$ 3,133 $ 23,214,699

-37%

4

The Hundred Foot Journey

DIS

4

$ 876,241

300

$ 2,921 $ 9,179,837

-33%

5

The Inbetweeners 2

RDS

3

$ 635,575

307

$ 2,070 $ 6,747,221

-59%

6

If I Stay

RDS

2

$ 577,736

201

$ 2,874 $ 1,943,572

-47%

7

Magic In The Moonlight

EON

2

$ 518,691

130

$ 3,990 $ 1,672,809

-32%

8

Lucy

UNI

6

$ 505,679

179

$ 2,825 $ 14,922,940

-39%

9

Boyhood

UNI

1

$ 281,058

59

$ 4,764 $ 472,525

new

10

What We Do In The Shadows

MAD

1

$ 229,425

49

$ 4,682 $ 291,207

new

LIMITED TOP TEN

Rank

Film

Dist

Week

Box Office

Screens

Sc/Avg

Life Box

Diff

1

What We Do In The Shadows

MAD

1

$ 229,425

49

$ 4,682 $ 291,207

new

2

Predestination

PIN

2

$ 143,514

50

$ 2,870 $ 437,677

-29%

3

Felony

RDS

2

$ 131,780

47

$ 2,804 $ 408,263

-29%

4

But Always

CHN

1

$ 71,691

9

$ 7,966 $ 71,691

new

5

Mary Kom

ERO

1

$ 54,658

18

$ 3,037 $ 54,658

new

6

A Most Wanted Man

RDS

6

$ 47,559

42

$ 1,132 $ 1,310,058

-28%

7

The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed

STU

3

$ 40,673

36

$ 1,130 $ 340,331

-34%

8

Hermitage Revisited

SHA

1

$ 37,560

16

$ 2,348 $ 37,560

new

9

20,000 Days On Earth

MAD

3

$ 23,325

15

$ 1,555 $ 252,956

-40%

10

The Lunchbox

MAD

9

$ 20,410

28

$ 729 $ 1,514,911

-32%