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

exodus-posterA weekend that was 10% off the pace from last The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One (549 screens) held off the competition for the 3rd week in a row to take the top spot with $3.04m on a $5,537 screen average. The film has now amassed $25.733m in Australia as we line up to head into the summer holidays in a few weeks. This is a $32m picture in Australia and will become the highest grossing 2014 release for our country. Considering all fingers pointed to Exodus: Gods and Kings taking the flag over the weekend, it is a surprising and confident hold for the threequel, only slipping 47% since last weekend. We’re definitely into word of mouth and rewatch territory now!

Exodus: Gods and Kings (504 screens) opens in 2nd with a good, if a little disappointing, $2.685m on the back of a $5,328 screen average. The big budget tentpole couldn’t knock Katniss and the gang for the gold and that result puts the flick in the $8m-$10m finish range. The film hasn’t been as warmly received by critics as you’d expect given the high calibre cast and crew. Normally I wouldn’t line this up, but I would expect big competition this coming weekend from Horrible Bosses 2 as it will be vying for that adult male skew market that this puppy caters towards.

Alexander & The Horribly Long Film Title (255 screens) opens solidly out of holidays with $1.2m. Sporting a $4,642 screen average, the flick would’ve done all its business during the weekend day trade (ie other films will have performed hugely on Thurs/Fri over this) where it rallied in the rankings. An 80 minute runtime means loads of sessions and when holidays kick in this will take off. The Steve Carell angle plus brand Disney are big winners locally. There’s $10m+ in this puppy and all eyes on how much damage Paddington is going to do to it this weekend!

Interstellar (255 screens) is on its way to a $20m finish having now crossed $17.4m locally. If it can hold screens it’ll get there! You just cannot ignore that slow degradation of performance, 35% this week, as it keeps holding better than the norm.

On the limited front it was another bloodbath of stillborn performances. Most of the major arthouse exhibitors are all playing Exodus, Hunger, Interstellar and Alexander so space to play is precious and, as a result, it’s carnage city:

Met Opera: Carmen (30 screens) – $2,253 screen average – $67.6k – top earner for the weekend on a very soft screen average.

Action Jackson (16 screens) – $2,789 screen average – $44.6k – A Hindi release that will be all but gone by this time next week.

The Green Prince (9 screens) – $2,684 screen average – $24.2k –  by screen performed better than Met Opera: Carmen but still not strong enough to hold sessions.

The Captive (16 screens) – $1,476 screen average – $23.6k – bombed.

Human Capital (11 screens) – $1,665 screen average – $18.3k – bombed.

The Mystery Of Happiness (5 screens) – $911 screen average – $4,553 – fizzled. 

The Congress (2 screens) – $2,019 screen average – $4,038 – tanked.

Charlie’s Farm (9 screens) – $392 screen average – $3,532 – Disaster. Aussie Horror.

Turkey Shoot (5 screens) – $263 screen average – $1,513 – Disaster. Aussie Horror.

Now: In The Wings On A World Stage (5 screens) – $221 screen average – $1,103 – Disaster.

None of these screen averages will hold any confidence for exhibitors to maintain sessions so they will all be slashed this week and there’s 2 major contributing factors – There are far too many films being released on top of one another and the presence of wide release content. None of 10 titles highlighted are in any safe stead to remain into their 2nd weekend frames. An open discussion on release dating of limited release titles (including simultaneous V.O.D. release) needs to happen for the viability of competition and business.

In Cinemas Thursday December 11, 2014 – Horrible Bosses 2, Paddington, Folies Bergere, Bolshoi Ballet: The Legend Of Love (13/12), NTL: A Streetcar Named Desire (13/12), Rurouni Kenshin (13/12),  Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno (13/12), Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends (13/12)

Figures From MPDAA

Rank

Title

Box Office

Prints

Screen Avg

Life

Week No

% Diff WoW

1

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One

$3,039,934

549

$5,537

$25,733,039

3

-47%

2

Exodus: Gods & Kings

$2,685,175

504

$5,328

$2,685,175

1

new

3

Alexander & The Terrible Horrible No Good

$1,183,823

255

$4,642

$1,712,076

1

new

4

Interstellar

$1,069,053

292

$3,661

$17,389,693

5

-35%

5

Nightcrawler

$422,253

105

$4,021

$1,259,301

2

-26%

6

My Old Lady

$242,552

130

$1,866

$2,045,702

4

-22%

7

Let’s Be Cops

$206,755

164

$1,261

$4,078,980

4

-56%

8

Gone Girl

$184,255

164

$1,124

$26,429,308

10

-41%

9

Fat Pizza Vs Housos

$120,012

121

$992

$516,747

2

-57%

10

Pride

$85,799

59

$1,454

$2,787,225

6

-36%

Limited

Rank

Title

Box Office

Prints

Screen Avg

Life

Week No

% Diff WoW

1

Met Opera: Carmen

$67,604

30

$2,253

$67,604

1

new

2

Action Jackson

$44,617

16

$2,789

$44,617

1

new

3

Folies Bergere

$36,184

19

$1,904

$198,847

P/V

new

4

Women Who Flirt

$30,196

10

$3,020

$114,839

2

-45%

5

The Green Prince

$24,158

9

$2,684

$72,945

1

new

6

The Drop

$23,663

27

$876

$488,255

4

-40%

7

The Captive

$23,612

16

$1,476

$42,811

1

new

8

Men Women & Children

$20,938

45

$465

$121,240

2

-68%

9

Winter Sleep

$18,893

4

$4,723

$171,855

4

-11%

10

Human Capital

$18,310

11

$1,665

$78,641

1

new