Box Office: Snowtown maintains top spot among limited releases

30 May, 2011 by Brendan Swift

Local psychological horror film Snowtown has maintained its top spot among limited releases over the weekend after grossing $136,279 at the box office.

The film was shown on 17 screens resulting in a healthy screen average of $8106. The film, which tells the story of Adelaide's most-horrific serial murders, has now taken $389,118 in total.


Meanwhile, local documentary Mrs Carey's Concert continues to win over audiences with strong word-of-mouth. The film, about music director Karen Carey's work at a Sydney school preparing her students for a concert at the Opera House, took another $74,866 in its fifth weekend – a drop of just five per cent – breaking the $500,000 mark.

It is now Australia's eighth biggest documentary of all time, passing the 1978 release of ABC of Love and Sex Australia Style, which grossed $447,000.

Among other Australian releases, Mad Bastards took another $23,368 in its fourth weekend on 11 screens. The Transmission/Paramount-distributed indigenous drama has now grossed $311,463 in total.

Among mainstream releases, The Hangover Part II opened in top spot after grossing $11.28 million across 424 screens. The Warner Bros-distributed comedy's screen average stood at a mighty $26,620.

In second place, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides dropped 49 per cent to take $5.02 million across 600 screens. After two weeks, it has now amassed $17.25 million at the box office.

Completing the top five films at the box office were: Water For Elephants ($1.09 million), Source Code ($392,302) and Thor ($322,282).

Australian Films at the Box Office 2011

Source: MPDAA, IF magazine