Box Office: Blessed opens with $92,821

14 September, 2009 by IF

By Adam Coleman

Ana Kokkinos’ feature Blessed has taken $92,821 at the box office since opening last Thursday.

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A sometimes unsettling vision of the relationship between mother and child, Blessed took $67,186 over its first weekend and has returned a screen average of $4,479 across 15 screens.

In only its second week, Charlie & Boots – the road movie featuring Paul Hogan and Shane Jacobson – has continued its barnstorming run at the box office, taking $1,766,018 in total to become the second highest grossing local film of the year behind Warwick Thornton’s impressive debut Samson and Delilah.

The sixth local release to pass the $1 million mark this year, the Paramount Pictures-distributed Charlie & Boots has returned a screen average of $3,194 across 181 screens.
 
Balibo, Robert Connolly’s political thriller about the murder of Australian journalists, is fast staking its claim to be the seventh film to break $1 million, having taken $948,837 in its fifth week at the box office.

Subdivision has ended its run at the box office after only two weeks and took $190,500 across its 66 screens.

In its 19th week, Samson & Delilah remains the top performing local release this year with $3,150,870 in takings.

The total box office takings for 2009 local releases is $14,017,933.

Film  Budget   Distributor   Opening w/e  Weeks  Box Office 
Samson and Delilah  $1.6m   Para/Trans/Footprint   $        199,163 19  $    3,139,766
Charlie & Boots  $9m est.   Paramount/Transmission   $        809,279 2  $    1,766,018
Mary and Max  $8m   Icon   $          217,176 15  $      1,444,617
Beautiful Kate  $6m   Roadshow   $        273,582 6  $    1,291,491
Disgrace  $10m   Icon   $        209,014 13  $    1,152,604
My Year Without Sex  $3.8m   Para/Trans/Footprint   $        177,522 16  $    1,115,106
Balibo  $4.5m   Para/Trans/Footprint   $        206,290 5  $        948,837
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  $          364,104
Two Fists, One Heart  $8.5m   BVI   $            96,999 2  $          295,500
Wake in Fright    Madman   $          25,446 13  $        289,566
Cedar Boys  $1.36m   Hoyts/Mushroom   $            74,793 5  $          204,160
Subdivision  $4m est.   BVI   $            86,649 3  $          190,500
Blessed    Icon   $          67,186 1  $          92,821
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  $            6,729
Bad Bush    VVVF   $              1,909    $              3,961
Salvation    Hopscotch   $              2,262 1  $              3,182
Prey   $4m   Damage Releasing   $              1,089    $              1,089

Source: MPDAA

adam@if.com.au

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