BO Report: ‘The Fate of the Furious’ speeds ahead, ‘Manje Bistre’ bows

18 April, 2017 by Jackie Keast

The Fate of the Furious. 


Universal’s The Fate of the Furious raced to the top of the Aussie box office over the Easter long weekend, pulling in $10.1 million.

The eighth installment in the franchise bowed on 697 screens; a whopping average of $14,452.

Globally, The Fate of the Furious has narrowly broken the record for the biggest opening weekend ever, having made $USD532.5 million ($AUD700 million). The previous record was held by Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opened on $USD529 million in 2015.

Back in Oz, Beauty and the Beast was knocked down to second place with earnings of $3 million; a fall of 39 per cent. The Disney title has grossed $40.4 million after four weeks. 

The Boss Baby has maintained third position, falling 18 per cent to take just under $2 million. The Fox/DreamWorks animation, now in its third week, has a cume of $16.3 million. 

Also in its third week is WB’s The Lego Batman Movie, which took $1.3 million. Overall, the film, brought to life by Animal Logic, sits on $8.3 million. 

Weekend takings of $803,021 brings Sony’s Smurfs: The Lost Village to $4.3 million after three weeks. Meanwhile, Paramount’s Ghost in the Shell lost some 173 screens over its third weekend, taking $515,805; a fall of 57 per cent. The action sci-fi has grossed $5.3 million so far. 

Manje Bistre has debuted on $402,399 from only 28 screens. Impressively, the Punjabi-language film's screen average is almost that of The Fate of the Furious: $14,371.

Behind it is StudioCanal’s Dance Academy, which fell 46 per cent to take $286,322. The Aussie film now sits on $1.5 million after two weeks. 

WB’s Chips tumbled 58 per cent to ring up $185,856 over its second weekend. The buddy cop film, which has received a critical panning, now sits on $808,219. 

Fox’s Logan is still in the top ten after seven weeks with weekend earnings of $180,648. The last installment in the Wolverine franchise has made $23.2 million overall in Australia.