Box Office: Boys are Back posts nearly $500,000

16 November, 2009 by IF

By Brendan Swift

Scott Hicks’ feature The Boys are Back has posted the third biggest opening weekend for an Australian film this year after nudging $475,000 at the local box office.

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The $16 million film, starring Clive Owen and largely shot in South Australia, posted a screen average of $3,034 across 156 screens.

However, the two local films to post bigger debuts this year – dance epic Mao’s Last Dancer and road movie Charlie & Boots – also posted higher screen averages.

Mao’s Last Dancer (also distributed by Hopscotch in conjunction with Roadshow) grossed more than $2.7 million across 266 screens in October, for an impressive opening weekend screen average of $10,355.

The Paul Hogan comedy Charlie & Boots took more than $810,000 when it opened across 182 screens in September, for a screen average of about $4,452.

The Boys are Back’s overall box office tally now stands at $564,314 after including $80,502 in previews last weekend.

Meanwhile, David Caesar’s trucker tale Prime Mover opened in capital cities, boosting its screen count to 11 from 4.

It added a further $10,442 over the weekend, for a screen average of $949.

Mao’s Last Dancer has continued its record breaking run, adding another $355,179 over the weekend at a screen average of $1,644.

During the week, it passed Yahoo Serious’ 80s comedy Young Einstein, which was previously the 12th highest grossing Australian film of all time.

Muriel’s Wedding still holds the 11th position with $15,765,571. The total box office for 2009 local releases is $32,446,789.

Film
 Budget
 Distributor
 Opening w/e
Weeks
 Box Office
Mao’s Last Dancer
 $25.8m
 Roadshow/Hopscotch
 $    2,754,620
7
 $  13,975,651
Charlie & Boots
 $8m est.
 Paramount/Transmission
 $        810,270
11
 $    3,836,597
Samson and Delilah
 $1.6m
 Para/Trans/Footprint
 $          199,163
22
 $      3,173,103
Beautiful Kate
 $6m
 Roadshow
 $        273,582
15
 $    1,605,491
Mary and Max
 $8m
 Icon
 $          217,176
15
 $      1,444,617
Balibo
 $4.5m
 Para/Trans/Footprint
 $        206,290
14
 $    1,317,935
Disgrace
 $10m
 Icon
 $          209,014
15
 $      1,166,294
My Year Without Sex
 $3.8m
 Para/Trans/Footprint
 $          177,522
19
 $      1,127,838
Love the Beast
 
 Madman
 $          241,982
9
 $          777,351
The Combination
 $1.169m
 Australian Film Syndicate
 $          188,054
11
 $          727,586
The Boys are Back
 $16m
 Hopscotch
 $        473,339
1
 $        564,314
Blessed
 $4m
 Icon
 $          67,186
9
 $        452,779
Last Ride
 $4m
 Madman
 $            76,459
13
 $          369,712
Wake in Fright
 $700,000*
 Madman
 $            25,446
17
 $          310,725
Two Fists, One Heart
 $8.5m
 BVI
 $            96,999
2
 $          305,300
Van Dieman’s Land
 
 Madman
 $          39,939
8
 $        268,766
Subdivision
 $4m est.
 BVI
 $            86,649
3
 $          206,350
Cedar Boys
 $1.36m
 Hoyts/Mushroom
 $            74,793
5
 $          204,160
Stone Bros.
 
 Australian Film Syndicate
 $          22,702
7
 $          90,349
The Marriage of Figaro
 $  400,000
 Australian Film Syndicate
 $          13,693
8
 $          87,824
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
16
 $            48,205
$9.99
 $4m
 Icon
 $            15,847
4
 $            47,520
Lake Mungo
 
 Darclight films
 $              9,730
5
 $            39,000
Bastardy
 $    260,000
 Film Camp
 $              7,822
8
 $            37,570
Prime Mover
 
 Para/Trans/Jetty
 $            8,192
3
 $          36,678
Coffin Rock
 $2.1m
 AI Entertainment
 $            9,846
3
 $          26,570
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
4
 $              7,416
Bad Bush
 
 VVVF
 $              1,909
 
 $              3,961
Salvation
 
 Hopscotch
 $              2,262
1
 $              3,182
Prey
 $4m
 Damage Releasing
 $              1,089
 
 $              1,089
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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