Ladies and gentlemen please welcome the 3rd highest grossing opening weekend of all time in Australia…. Jurassic World (605 screens) smashed a $16.063m opening weekend here in Oz on the back of a jaw shattering $26,552 screen average. No doubt bolstered by IMAX, 3D and premium venue sales, the reinvigorated fourth entry just handed Universal their biggest opening weekend in Australia ever. On that figure, this little puppy should easily gross $40m+ to make it Universal’s 2nd post this year in that range behind Fast & Furious 7. With the winter holidays kids fare releasing this weekend, it might put a slight dampener on a chunky week 2 but it won’t be enough to stop JW from remaining atop the box office. BAM!
Entourage (299 screens) falls 63%, in line with the U.S. drop, to take $1.255m on a $4,198 screen average. Australia seems to be the only territory where this film has done respectable business in cinemas as it sits on $5.9m nationally. Why is that? Clearly fans of the show are strong but is it the all-boobs-and-bad-language that are driving the sales? Is there an insidious underhanded misogyny in our culture that is being brought to the fore here? I don’t think there’s any need to get too psychological on it – it simply found an audience here. $8m.
Spy (278 screens) slips 49% under the weight of big dinosaurs and overpaid Hollywood actors to gross $1.014m and bring its bounty to $11.88m. A $3,650 screen average is a little bit softer than I expected for this weekend as word of mouth is very strong on the film. Then again, when you are going up against a franchise as big and established as Jurassic Park – something’s gotta give… $16m finish.
San Andreas (273 screens), like the rest of the globe, got belted by Jurassic World as it slipped 64% for a $733,679 on a $2,687 screen average. The national gross is a solid $7.88m but that screen average doesn’t bode well for a longer play off. The Indominous Rex certainly put paid to a long shelf life for the disaster pic which will now finish up on around $1om.
Mad Mad: Fury Road (247 screens) copped a belting too, slipping 58%, for a $686,569 weekend but bot before passing $20.23m domestically! As the sun sets on the scorched earth of the film it’ll be a $12.5m finish for this revheaded classic.
Hot Pursuit (161 screens) opens very softly with $629,550 on a $3,910 screen average. That figure, totally driven by the star power of Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara (much like Aloha‘s opening weekend figure) as there wasn’t much room in the market place for awareness on it. The film was highly derided upon its U.S. release and tanked there – we’re running at about 4.65% pro rata and should finish up on about $2.5m.
Dil Dhadakne Do (16 screens) remains atop the limited release charts with $90,976 with a $5,686 screen average. In its 3rd week the film has crossed $429,828 to make it the highest grossing Indian release of 2015 so far.
Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron (65 screens) crosses $40m on what will pretty much be its final weekend of trade.
The Mafia Kills Only In Summer (12 screens) took out $84,673 on a very respectable $7,056 screen average.
Walking The Camino: Six Ways To Santiago (8 screens) kicked a goal with $58,322 with its special event style screenings.
In Cinemas Thursday June 18, 2015 – Minions, Pixar’s Inside Out, Going Clear: Scientology And The Prison Of Belief, Tangerines, The Nightingale, Panda’s: The Journey Home, Bolshoi Ballet: Ivan The Terrible (20/6)
Figures from MPDAA