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…
Let’s dive into it…
Ant-Man vs. Possessive Spirits vs. Lovestruck teens vs. Alcoholic Ad Man. Add in a bunch of strong holdovers, and you’ve got quite the cocktail.
So, who got shaken, and who was stirred the right way?
The littlest hero made the biggest impact, as Ant-Man swarmed the competition to take the weekend with a Marvel-ous $5.3 million. Comparing that to recent Marvel franchise openers, the Paul Rudd starrer comes in above Captain America: The First Avenger ($5 million), but below the openings of Thor ($5.7 million) and Guardians Of The Galaxy ($6 million). It’s too soon to tell if the Marvel midas touch has launched another franchise, or whether this will go the same way as the Hulk franchise, but this is a solid start for what is really a second tier hero in the Marvel Universe.
In second, the sultry strippers of Magic Mike XXL continue to get Aussie ladies hot under the collar with another $2.2 million in singles, and actually climbed a place in the rankings (from their debut in third last weekend). Paper Towns is the next best of the newbies, and the only other one in the top ten, delivering the teen romance that John Green fans were obviously hoping for. Compared to The Fault In Our Stars ($3.5 million opening, $12.2 million total) it’s down 46%, but that movie was based on the better known title and had more recognizable stars in the lead roles.
The end of school holidays hit a number of the holdovers hard, many falling between 60-65%, so last weeks 1-2 animated punch of Inside Out and Minions fell to 4 and 5 respectively.
Outside the Top Ten, Insidious: Chapter 3 launches with a scary $208,412. The franchise has never been a starter over here, with previous entries totaling less than $1.5 million each, so it’s unlikely that the new chapter was going to draw big crowds, especially since local girl Rose Byrne doesn’t star in this one.
And lastly, Reuben Guthrie, the lone local release with any profile,launched with $119,601 on 33 screens. I’m not sure what Madman would’ve been expecting from their opening weekend, but it must be a slight disappointment, and indicative of the industry that struggles to attract eyeballs to anything other than Baz Luhrmann or Russell Crowe movies. Last year’s big local releases The Water Diviner and Tracks, which grossed $12.2 and $2.1 million respectively, are the best comparisons we have, but I think Reuben will have a tough time even reaching half of Tracks’ total.
Over in the U.S of A, Ant-Man went toe-to-toe with the Minions for the weekend crown. How’d it do?
Ant-Man was no shrinking violet this weekend, and racks up another No. 1 movie for the folks at Marvel. Although lower than the opening weekends for Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor, and last year’s surprise blockbuster Guardians Of The Galaxy, Kevin Feige and the money men at Marvel/Disney must be pretty stoked. Audience reaction was good as well, so it’ll likely sustain in the weeks to come and be a nice little franchise starter for them.
The Minions suffered a big fall in their second week, down 57% from their blockbuster debut, as family audiences flocked to the ant’s nest. Universal and Illumination Entertainment can’t be too sad though, as their little yellow guys are making serious bank around the world ($624 million worldwide and counting).
The biggest surprise actually comes from the bronze medal winner, as Trainwreck proves to be anything but. The raunchy rom-com, written by and starring current media darling and all-around funny person Amy Schumer, blew past all expectations and over-performed to the tune of $30.1 million. This makes it the 2nd biggest opener for director Judd Apatow (Knocked Up opened to $30.9 million), and heralds a bright new star in Schumer.
In other tidbits; Jurassic World passed the $600 million benchmark (the quickest film to do so), Inside Out cleared the $300 million hurdle, and for the second weekend in a row an Indian language release makes the top ten as Bajrangi Bhaijaan makes $2.6 million in 9th place.
Up next week, Ian McKellen dons the Sherlock Holmes persona in Mr Holmes, Ryan Reynolds and Ben Kingsley go head-to-head in Self/Less, and The Gallows arrives to scare you out of your hard earned dollars.
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!