Box office: $9.99 off to a slow start
By Adam Coleman
The stop-motion, puppet, animation film $9.99 has taken $15,847 at the Australian box office since opening last Thursday for a screen average of $1981.
An Australian-Israeli co-production, the film fared better overseas where it has taken $US615,762 at the combined box offices of France, Algeria, Monaco, Morocco and Tunisia. The film has also taken $US47,090 at the US box office and $US16,178 in Russia, according to Box Office Mojo.
Jane Campion’s new movie Bright Star was released in the US last week, taking $US190,000 in its opening weekend for a screen average of $US10,000. The film’s local distributors, Hopscotch Films, plan to release the film in Australia on Boxing Day.
Disgrace – a movie adaption of the nobel prize-winning novel by South African-born author J. M. Coetzee – has also been released in the US, taking $US12,615 across three screens.
Meanwhile, tough drama Blessed added a further $70,264 to its Australian box office haul in its second week, posting a solid $4392 screen average.
Charlie & Boots has continued its successful run at the local box office adding $402,671 over the weekend.
Robert Connolly’s political thriller Balibo is now the seventh local release to pass the $1 million mark this year taking $1,055,892 since its release on August 13.
The total box office taking for local 2009 releases is $15,097,895.
|Film||Budget||Distributor||Opening w/e||Weeks||Box Office|
|Samson and Delilah||$1.6m||Para/Trans/Footprint||$ 199,163||20||$ 3,164,410|
|Charlie & Boots||$9m est.||Paramount/Transmission||$ 809,279||3||$ 2,420,065|
|Mary and Max||$8m||Icon||$ 217,176||15||$ 1,444,617|
|Beautiful Kate||$6m||Roadshow||$ 273,582||7||$ 1,384,022|
|Disgrace||$10m||Icon||$ 209,014||13||$ 1,157,646|
|My Year Without Sex||$3.8m||Para/Trans/Footprint||$ 177,522||17||$ 1,122,621|
|Balibo||$4.5m||Para/Trans/Footprint||$ 206,290||6||$ 1,055,892|
|Love the Beast||Madman||$ 241,982||9||$ 777,351|
|The Combination||$1.169m||AFS||$ 188,054||11||$ 727,586|
|Last Ride||$4m||Madman||$ 76,459||10||$ 364,238|
|Two Fists, One Heart||$8.5m||BVI||$ 96,999||2||$ 295,500|
|Wake in Fright||Madman||$ 25,446||14||$ 292,450|
|Cedar Boys||$1.36m||Hoyts/Mushroom||$ 74,793||5||$ 204,160|
|Subdivision||$4m est.||BVI||$ 86,649||3||$ 190,500|
|Blessed||Icon||$ 67,186||2||$ 185,423|
|Beautiful||$2m||Kojo/Jump Street||$ 22,406||6||$ 55,619|
|Closed for Winter||$2m||Omnilab Media||$ 19,449||6||$ 53,370|
|Shadows of the Past||$ 820,000||Summer Night||$ 13,927||11||$ 45,490|
|Bastardy||$ 260,000||Film Camp||$ 7,822||8||$ 37,570|
|Lake Mungo||Darclight films||$ 9,730||5||$ 29,850|
|Lucky Country||$2m est.||Para/Trans/Footprint||$ 11,413||4||$ 26,141|
|The Burning Season||Gil Scrine/Freshwater||$ 3,848||5||$ 21,017|
|The Chifleys of Busby St||Ronin||$ 3,760||$ 13,658|
|Crush||$2m||Filmscope/Odin’s Eye||$ 8,304||1||$ 13,051|
|Three Blind Mice||Odin’s Eye/Titan View||$ 2,988||3||$ 7,416|
|Bad Bush||VVVF||$ 1,909||$ 3,961|
|Salvation||Hopscotch||$ 2,262||1||$ 3,182|
|Prey||$4m||Damage Releasing||$ 1,089||$ 1,089|