Psychological horror Black Swan has climbed to the top of the local box office in its second weekend.

The film grossed $2.12 million – a drop of just 5 per cent following lead actress Natalie Portman’s Oscar nomination – across 168 screens. The film, distributed by Fox, also posted the highest screen average over the weekend with $10,654. It has now grossed $6.18 million in total.

True Grit, distributed by Paramount, took second place with $1.94 million across 234 screens. Comic book film The Green Hornet dropped from the top spot to third place with $1.88 million across 287 screens.

The King’s Speech, produced by Australian Emile Sherman and starring Geoffrey Rush who was also recently nominated for an Oscar, climbed one place higher into fourth spot with $1.67 million. It has now taken $18.4 million in Australia after six weeks.

Yogi Bear, shot by local cinematographer Peter James, rounded out the top five with $1.67 million across 385 screens in its third weekend.

Australia’s first big release of the year, the $30 million 3D cave thriller, Sanctum, will occur next week on February 3.

In the US, The Rite, written by Australian Michael Petroni, opened in the number one position at the box office. The horror film, starring Anthony Hopkins, grossed just over $US15 million. The film is released on March 10 in Australia.

Source: MPDAA

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