Animal Kingdom opens in US

16 August, 2010 by IF

By Brendan Swift

Crime thriller Animal Kingdom has posted a strong US opening weekend at the box office among limited releases.

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The film was released on four screens in the US by Sony Pictures Classics and took $US52,500 for a healthy screen average of $US13,125.

Sunday matinee figures are still being counted however, including its tally on three screens in Canada (where it is being distributed by E1), the film has taken about $US64,100 in total, according to Box Office Mojo.

Producer Liz Watts said she was happy with the result. "We start expanding next week, week-by-week across the country, to about 140 cities," she said via email.

The film, which has been distributed in Australia by Madman Entertainment, has now almost surpassed Paramount/Transmission's The Kings of Mykonos: Wog Boy 2 as the second biggest Australian release of the year. Animal Kingdom peaked on 79 screens compared to The Kings of Mykonos' 203 screens.

Separately, Madman Entertainment's owner, Funtastic, released a trading update, stating that the strong performance of the film had helped bolster Madman's earnings.

Funtastic chief executive Stewart Downs said the distributor continues to perform well despite very tough retail conditions which have impacted the home entertainment side of the business.

"However, growth in ancillary sales and the very strong theatrical performance from Animal Kingdom have compensated for this," he said in a statement.

Australian films at the box office 2010

Film
 Budget
 Distributor
 Opening w/e
 Box Office
Bran Nue Dae
$6.5m
Roadshow
$1,612,102
$7,565,476
The Kings of Mykonos
$6m est.
Paramount/Transmission
$1,828,902
$4,894,250
Animal Kingdom
$5m est.
Madman
$604,139
$4,803,810
Beneath Hill 60
$9.5m
Paramount/Transmission
$548,694
$3,194,417
Daybreakers
$20m est.
Hoyts
$1,064,244
$2,448,050
I Love You Too
$6m
Roadshow
$113,483
$2,359,478
Bright Star
$16.7m est.
Roadshow/Hopscotch
$2,157,601
The Waiting City
$2m est.
Hopscotch
$136,892
$593,354
South Solitary
$7m est
Icon
$132,240
$401,564
Accidents Happen
$6.5m est.
Hopscotch
$39,721
$156,350
Love, Lust & Lies
Beyond Entertainment
$20,674
$136,595
Second Hand Wedding
Potential/Arkles
$13,680
$64,087
Lou
Kojo Pictures
$27,371
$59,292
Girl Clock!
$1m
Self-distributed
$8,857
$43,434
Separation City
$4.8m
Hoyts
$15,278
$32,159
Triangle
$8m est.
Icon
$6,081
$11,282
Going Vertical
The Pack/Blue Sea Films
$3,879
$9,699
Savages Crossing
$3.5m
MediaKin/GAP
$4,432
$8,651
Playing For Charlie
$1.2m
The Pack
$2,665
$5,867
The Nothing Men
Anchor Bay Films
$4,518
$4,518
The Horseman
$500,000
Umbrella Entertainment
$2,270
$2,895

Source: MPDAA, INSIDEFILM. Separation City and Second Hand Wedding are NZ films. Bright Star released Dec 26, 2009; tally does not include 2009 box office.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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