BO Report: ‘Dance Academy’ debuts, ‘Beauty and the Beast’ still on top

10 April, 2017 by Jackie Keast

‘Dance Academy’. 

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has continued to dominate the box office, taking just under $5 million over its third weekend. Starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, the reboot has now racked up a tidy total of $34.3 million.


Jumping up to second spot was The Boss Baby, which brought in $2.4 million. That figure is 23 per cent up on last weekend, likely thanks to school holidays having started in most states. The Fox/DreamWorks animation is now on $11.6 million after three weeks in release.

WB’s The Lego Batman Movie took its cume to $5.6 million with weekend takings of $1.8 million; a 23 per cent fall from its opening last week.

Paramount’s Ghost in the Shell, directed by Rupert Sanders and based on a Japanese manga series of the same name, dropped 44 per cent to take $1.2 million. The sci-fi is now on $4.2 million overall.

Smurfs: The Lost Village also got a big boost; it took $930,005, 79 per cent up on last weekend. Now two weeks in, the Sony title sits on $2.1 million.

Dance Academy, distributed by StudioCanal, has opened on $553,879 from 214 screens; an average of $2,495. The Aussie film, based on the ABC TV series of the same name, marks veteran TV producer Joanna Werner’s feature debut.

WB’s buddy cop comedy CHiPs opened on $443,351 from 147 screens, while Power Rangers, from Roadshow, fell 40 per cent to take $426,244. The reboot has been in release for three weeks and has a cume of $3.1 million.

Sony’s Life, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson and Ryan Reynolds, brought in $414,071 over its third weekend, and now sits on $3.6 million.

Rounding out the top ten was Fox’s Logan, now on $22.9 million after six weeks.

Transmission’s Lion is still in the top 20 after 12 weeks, with a cume of $29.3 million.

Fellow Transmission title Whiteley, a documentary about the late Australian artist Brett Whiteley, has taken $1,252 from previews on three screens.

Another Aussie doc, The Family, distributed by Label, is now on $141,855 after seven weeks.