Box Office: Jonze film proves a wild thing

07 December, 2009 by IF

By Adam Coleman

Where the Wild Things Are – Spike Jonze’s American fantasy film shot on location in Australia – has taken more than $1.5 million on its opening weekend at the local box office.

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An adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s book of the same name, Where the Wild Things Are posted a screen average of $5,992 across 263 screens.

Where the Wild Things Are was shot over four months at Docklands’ Melbourne Central City Studios and across 11 Victorian locations including Discovery Bay, Gembrook and Williamstown.

The Warner Bros adaption directly invested more than $57 million into Victoria’s economy and created more than 670 jobs, according to Victorian Minister for Innovation, Gavin Jennings.

The film has been a smash hit in the US where it has taken more than $US75 million since opening there on October 16.

Bruce Beresford’s dance epic Mao’s Last Dancer is the only Australian film to record a greater opening weekend at the local box office this year after taking more than $2.75 million. Released on 266 screens back in October, it returned a whopping screen average of $12,483.

Now in its tenth week and approaching the $15 million mark, Mao’s Last Dancer remains the highest grossing local release this year.

Film
 Budget
 Distributor
 Opening w/e
Weeks
 Box Office
Mao’s Last Dancer
 $25.8m
 Roadshow/Hopscotch
 $    2,754,620
10
 $  14,729,651
Charlie & Boots
 $8m est.
 Paramount/Transmission
 $        810,270
14
 $    3,850,478
Samson and Delilah
 $1.6m
 Para/Trans/Footprint
 $          199,163
22
 $      3,173,103
The Boys are Back
 $16m
 Hopscotch
 $        473,339
4
 $    1,828,058
Beautiful Kate
 $6m
 Roadshow
 $        273,582
18
 $    1,611,501
Mary and Max
 $8m
 Icon
 $          217,176
15
 $      1,444,617
Balibo
 $4.5m
 Para/Trans/Footprint
 $        206,290
17
 $    1,329,536
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
Blessed
 $4m
 Icon
 $            67,186
10
 $          455,062
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
11
 $        286,454
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
8
 $            91,148
The Marriage of Figaro
 $    400,000
 Australian Film Syndicate
 $            13,693
9
 $            87,846
The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls
 $NZ935,000
 Rialto Distribution
 $          34,521
2
 $          68,551
Beautiful
 $2m
 Kojo/Jump Street
 $            22,406
6
 $            55,619
Closed for Winter
 $2m
 Omnilab Media
 $            19,449
6
 $            53,370
Prime Mover
 
 Para/Trans/Jetty
 $            8,192
6
 $          51,745
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
Coffin Rock
 $2.1m
 AI Entertainment
 $              9,846
5
 $            31,312
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
My Tehran for Sale
 
 Cyan Films
 $            2,422
1
 $            6,826
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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