BOX OFFICE SHOWDOWN – AUG 20-23 – THE GRISWOLDS DRIVE INTO FIRST

Every week we dissect the good, the bad, and the bombs of the Aussie box office world. No talk of box office would be complete without mention of the US, so we’ll also take a look at what’s hitting big, what’s not, and where our refined Aussie movie palates differ from our blockbuster loving American brethren (Hot tip – probably not all that much). Let’s dig in…

The Challengers:

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The Hold-overs:

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This weekend four new releases tried to stake a claim on the weekend and unseat two-time champ Trainwreck. Who claimed the title?

AUSTRALIAN BOX OFFICE – AUGUST 20-23

# Film Title Distributor Weekend Gross Total Gross
1 VACATION WARNER BROS $1,653,178 $1,677,639
2 SOUTHPAW ROADSHOW $1,547,873 $1,548,181
3 TRAINWRECK UNIVERSAL $1,263,662 $11,354,936
4 MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION PARAMOUNT $1,090,531 $13,604,536
5 HITMAN: AGENT 47 FOX $993,512 $993,512
6 THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. WARNER BROS $885,343 $3,111,485
7 LAST CAB TO DARWIN ICON $835,751 $4,395,972
8 THE FANTASTIC FOUR FOX $475,996 $5,105,630
9 ANT-MAN WALT DISNEY $367,035 $15,329,682
10 IRRATIONAL MAN ENTERTAINMENT ONE $217,534 $234,153

 

 

 

 

Source: Urban Cinefile

Weekend Champ: The Griswold’s hit the holiday road once again, and eked out a win over a suprising Southpaw. Considering that Trainwreck managed a $3.1 million opening after two weeks of previews makes the Vacation opening probably a little disappointing all things considered.

Second by points decision: The smallest of margins keeps Southpaw out of the top spot, but Roadshow should still be smiling as their boxing drama manages a strong silver medal placing in 100 fewer theatres than Vacation. Look for this one to have strong legs in the coming weeks, especially as awards season kicks in. 

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D.O.A: Hitman: Agent 47 barely finds its way into the top five with under $1 million. The sequel that no one was asking for was met with the expected shrug it seems.

Biggest Surprise: Again, The Last Cab To Darwin has the smallest drop in the top ten (-18%) to bring it’s total to over $4.3 million. The Michael Caton starrer will take it’s rightful place as one of the biggest local releases of the year.

Emotional Wreck: Irrational Man squeezed into the 10th place spot with a somewhat anaemic $217K. This is much less than other Woody Allen openings Midnight In Paris ($1 million), Blue Jasmine ($990K), and even To Rome With Love ($443K). I doubt this will be another breakout for Mr Allen, sorry Woody.

Over in the U.S of A, Straight Outta Compton ruled the roost for a second weekend, slaying a trio of newcomers in the process.

U.S BOX OFFICE – AUG 21-23

# Film Title Distributor Weekend Gross Total Gross
1 STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON UNIVERSAL $26,760,000 $111,483,000
2 MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION PARAMOUNT $11,700,000 $157,763,000
3 SINISTER 2 FOCUS $10,633,000 $10,633,000
4 HITMAN: AGENT 47 FOX $8,200,000 $8,200,000
5 THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. WARNER BROS. $7,420,000 $26,637,000
6 AMERICAN ULTRA WALT DISNEY $5,500,000 $5,500,000
7 THE GIFT STX $4,300,000 $31,053,000
8 ANT-MAN WALT DISNEY $4,088,000 $164,524,000
9 MINIONS UNIVERSAL $3,710,000 $319,965,000
10 THE FANTASTIC FOUR FOX $3,650,000 $49,625,000

 

 

 

 

 Source: Box Office Mojo

Not Outta The Top Spot: Falling an OK 55% in it’s second weekend, Compton nevertheless fended off all challengers and smashed through the $100 million barrier. Adding another feather into Universal’s already crowded 2015 hat of winners, they’ve gotta be happy about how this one is playing out.

Sinister Result: Sinister 2 (minus Ethan Hawke) only managed to scare up a $10.6 million total in third place, behind a still strong Rogue Nation. Prognosticators pegged this one at having a $17-18 million weekend, but the horror fans just didn’t show up.

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Put A Hit Out, You’re Done: As it was here, Hitman: Agent 47 was met with a collective yawn as it’s young male audience was distracted by Compton, Rogue Nation, and Sinister 2. Stick a fork in this “franchise”, it’s done.

Ultra Disappointing: Barely making a blip on the charts, despite an intriguing concept (stoner sleeper agent), was American Ultra was $5.5 million total in 6th place. Despite a well-regarded performance from Jesse Eisenberg, and twi-hard bait Kristen Stewart, this was either a tough sell for moviegoers, or it came out on the wrong weekend. Local audiences can judge for themselves when it hits theatres September 3rd.

Up next week, Meryl sings for a Golden Globe nomination in Ricki And The Flash, a starry cast find out why She’s Funny That Way, local boy Joel Edgerton’s directorial debut The Gift unwraps, and Zac Efron aims for DJ glory in We Are Your Friends.

So there you go folks, any surprises? Everything pan out just as you suspected? Hit us up in the comments and let us know what you’re enjoying at the multiplex. Also, if there’s anything you’d like to see us cover in the world of box office, speak up and let your opinion be known!

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