Box office: $9.99 off to a slow start

21 September, 2009 by IF

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.

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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

Source: MPDAA

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