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:







The Hold-overs:







This week Trainwreck opened Australia wide and attempted to topple Fantastic Four and last week’s champ Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation.

So, did it crash and burn, or did Fantastic Four flame out?


# Film Title Distributor Weekend Gross Total Gross
1 TRAINWRECK UNIVERSAL $3,180,837 $6,183,073
3 THE FANTASTIC FOUR FOX $2,619,587 $2,722,929
4 LAST CAB TO DARWIN ICON $1,148,006 $1,376,837
5 ANT-MAN WALT DISNEY $905,758 $13,982,002
7 PAPER TOWNS FOX $286,488 $4,855,752
8 INSIDE OUT WALT DISNEY $273,333 $30,136,575
9 MINIONS UNIVERSAL $202,706 $32,217,052
10 MR. HOLMES TRANSMISSION $192,221 $1,510,485





Source: Urban Cinefile

I’d been wondering how Universal’s extended previews of Trainwreck were going to effect their first proper week of release, but that turns out to be a non-issue, as the Amy Schumer vehicle takes the express line straight to the top with another $3.1 million, knocking off last weeks champ Mission Impossible, and trapping the Fantastic Four in the 3rd place dimension. The movie benefits from being the only mainstream comedy in the marketplace, and has a clear run until the 20th of August when the Griswolds take another Vacation.

Rogue Nation takes the runner up spot this week, falling 47% from last week with the added blockbuster competition of The Fantastic Four to $2.6 million. It’s almost cleared the $10 million hurdle, and will most certainly be at least the 2nd most popular title in the series, and has the potential to out maneuver the last entry Ghost Protocol ($18.9 million total).


In the bronze medal position this week, and hugely disappointingly for distributor Fox, is the franchise reboot of The Fantastic Four. With a new, fresh-faced cast and an up-and-coming director (Chronicle’s Josh Trank), things seemed to be flying high for the reboot. Then the reviews started pouring in (it currently has a 10% rating on Rotten Tomatoes – ouch), and then last week Trank denounced his own movie in a now deleted lament about how the world will never see the good version of his movie. Not the run up to a successful launch that they were hoping for no doubt. But bad reviews can’t kill a movie on their own, we’ve all seen many a turkey turn around and make tons of cash, so I think audience apathy for this one stems from the fact that it looks, smells, and feels like a cynical cash grab and rights-extending move from Fox. They’re basically telling the same story as the first Fantastic Four movie, just with a shinier coat of paint, and hopefully the audience’s rejection will make studios think about their properties a bit more before they vomit another unnecessary reboot onto the screen (I’m looking at you Sony and Spider-man).

Finally, making a big splash on just 61 screens was the latest Dragon Ball Z anime, racking up $838k for a number 6 finish. Madman has to be cheering at that result.

Over in the U.S of A, Fantastic Four hoped to crash land into the top spot. How did the foursome do?


# Film Title Distributor Weekend Gross Total Gross
2 THE FANTASTIC FOUR FOX $25,685,737 $25,685,737
3 THE GIFT STX $11,854,273 $11,854,273
4 VACATION WARNER BROS. $8,955,246 $37,135,026
5 ANT-MAN WALT DISNEY $7,911,445 $147,521,991
6 MINIONS UNIVERSAL $7,449,020 $302,803,140
7 RICKI AND THE FLASH TRISTAR $6,610,961 $6,610,961
8 TRAINWRECK UNIVERSAL $6,147,150 $90,948,980
9 PIXELS SONY $5,435,539 $57,650,843
10 SOUTHPAW WEINSTEIN COMPANY $4,701,090 $40,662,931





 Source: Box Office Mojo

As in it did here, Fantastic Four had an aborted take off, as it was soundly beat by Mission Impossible’s second weekend takings ($28.5 million vs $25.6 million). I’ve already done the post-mortem on the flick, but I sense that unless it’s a massive hit elsewhere (doubtful) this is the last we’ve seen of the franchise at Fox.

More successful was the launch of creepy Joel Edgerton thriller The Gift. Sneaking into about half as many theatres as the big blockbusters, it walked away with the best per screen average in the top ten on it’s way to $11.8 million. It’s nice to see Edgerton getting bigger and better parts in Hollywood after doing solid work here and a string of second fiddle roles overseas. It’s also nice to see a thriller targeted at adults show up in the middle of the popcorn blockbuster season, it doesn’t normally happen till September and the start of the awards run.

Also launching this week, Meryl Streep starrer (and probable awards bait – seriously, at this point she could sneeze on film and be given a nomination) Ricki And The Flash in 7th place with $6.6 million. It was a solid, if not spectacular launch for the musical drama by Jonathan Demme (Silence Of The Lambs, Rachel Getting Married) and scripted by Diablo Cody (Juno). Reviews for the film have been mixed, but they all agree that La Streep is as good as ever. If you’re a fan, and aren’t turned off by the prospect of her singing again (Mamma Mia… blech!), you’ll be excited when it hits screens later in August.

Up next week, Henry Cavill is The Man From U.N.C.L.Eand Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman live 5 Flights Up.

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!