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…
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Arnie and Terminator: Genisys had their work cut out for them this weekend. Not only are they trying to resuscitate a waning franchise, they’re going up against powerhouse holdovers that don’t seem to be losing steam during these school holidays.
Terminator blasted into the top spot, proving the local audiences are still hungry to see the Governator in action well into his 70’s. It held off strong school holiday-fuelled challenges from Minions and Inside Out which seem to be proving that two kid pics can co-exist quite happily when the little ones are out of school. After 3 weeks at the summit, the rampaging dinos had to settle for 4th place, with a still substantial $3.5 million. After 4 weeks of release it has racked up $44.3 million dollars locally, and is far and away the biggest movie of the year at this point. Will it hold onto the mantle when Star Wars – Episode VII takes off it December? Only time will tell. And in limited release news, Amy, a documentary about the life and last days of Amy Winehouse made a strong impression on just 17 screens, singing up a sweet $10,237 average.
Across the pond, they had a surprisingly subdued box office frame, considering it was their Independence Day weekend and all. Here’s how it shook out:
The biggest news of the weekend ended up being that after 3 weeks of trying; the plucky emotions of Inside Out finally bested the Raptors of Jurassic World. It was by the slimmest of margins (and subject to change in final numbers) but a win is a win! The big surprise was that neither Terminator: Genisys or Magic Mike XXL really fired up at all. They were released midweek, as is typical when there’s a big holiday, which served to deflate their weekend grosses a fair bit (look at the total grosses for the two to get a picture of their 5 day tallies). Both movies were expected to hit the top two spots for the weekend with over $50 million apiece over the 5 days, so the 3rd/4th finish has got to sting a bit. Probably more-so for Terminator, which carries the weight of expectation, and a $150+ production budget. By contrast, Channing Tatum and the other producers of Magic Mike XXL are laughing all the way to the bank as their stripper romp cost a measly $14 million. Both movies will make a bulk of their movies internationally, so I’m sure everyone will be smiling in the end. Ted 2 suffered a huge second week drop of about 67%, which is more common for horror films than comedy sequels, so the chance of it sticking around looks slimmer by the day.
Up next week, the hunky hard bodies of Magic Mike XXL try their luck Down Under, as they bump and grind into theatres and women’s hearts everywhere. Check out the So, Is It Any Good verdict here.
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!