Box office: Mao’s Last Dancer’s smash debut

06 October, 2009 by IF

By Adam Coleman

Bruce Beresford’s dance epic, Mao’s Last Dancer has been a stunning success at the Australian box office taking more than $3.3 million in its first five days.

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It is the fifth biggest opening weekend posted by a local film after Happy Feet, Australia, Moulin Rouge and The Dish. The film, co-distributed by Roadshow and Hopscotch Films, was widely released on 266 screens and still returned a whopping screen average of $12,483.

Proving as nimble as the character it is based on, Li Cunxin, the film took more than $2.75 million over the weekend alone, with its total gross now standing at $3,320,605.

The film cost $25 million to produce and was filmed in China, the US and Australia. For now, Charlie & Boots, the road movie starring Paul Hogan and Shane Jacobson is clinging to the top spot having taken $3,359,890 after five weeks.

Local releases have now cracked the $20 million mark this year with total box office takings of $20,035,426.

Film Budget   Distributor   Opening w/e  Weeks  Box Office 
Charlie & Boots  $8m est.   Paramount/Transmission   $        809,279 5  $    3,359,890
Mao’s Last Dancer  $25m   Roadshow/Hopscotch   $    2,754,620 1  $    3,322,262
Samson and Delilah  $1.6m   Para/Trans/Footprint   $        199,163 22  $    3,173,103
Beautiful Kate  $6m   Roadshow   $        273,582 9  $    1,467,220
Mary and Max  $8m   Icon   $          217,176 15  $      1,444,617
Balibo  $4.5m   Para/Trans/Footprint   $        206,290 7  $    1,187,951
Disgrace  $10m   Icon   $        209,014 15  $    1,166,294
My Year Without Sex  $3.8m   Para/Trans/Footprint   $        177,522 19  $    1,127,573
Love the Beast    Madman   $          241,982 9  $          777,351
The Combination  $1.169m   AFS   $          188,054 11  $          727,586
Blessed  $4m   Icon   $          67,186 4  $        372,595
Last Ride  $4m   Madman   $            76,459 13  $          369,712
Wake in Fright  $700,000*   Madman   $          25,446 15  $        307,672
Two Fists, One Heart  $8.5m   BVI   $            96,999 2  $          295,500
Cedar Boys  $1.36m   Hoyts/Mushroom   $            74,793 5  $          204,160
Subdivision  $4m est.   BVI   $            86,649 3  $          190,500
Van Dieman’s Land    Madman   $          39,939 2  $        125,224
Beautiful  $2m   Kojo/Jump Street   $            22,406 6  $            55,619
Stone Bros.    Australian Film Syndicate   $          22,702 2  $          55,042
Closed for Winter  $2m   Omnilab Media   $            19,449 6  $            53,370
Shadows of the Past  $    820,000  Summer Night   $            13,927 16  $            48,205
The Marriage of Figaro  $  400,000  Figaro Films   $          13,693 3  $          47,045
$9.99  $4m   Icon   $          15,847 3  $          46,001
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 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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