Box office: Van Diemen’s Land opens with $60,354

28 September, 2009 by IF

By Adam Coleman

Jonathan auf der Heide‘s dark gothic tale, Van Diemen’s Land, has taken $60,354 since opening at the box office last Thursday.

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Based on the infamous confessions of notorious Australian convict Alexander Pearce, Van Diemen’s Land opened on nine screens over the weekend for a respectable screen average of $4,438.

Stone Bros. – Australia’s first indigenous comedy – also opened last Thursday across 24 screens, taking $22,702 on its opening weekend for a disappointing screen average of $946.

The film received $2.2 million in production funding from the Film Finance Corporation (now Screen Australia) and $600,000 from ScreenWest, according to those agency’s annual reports.

Writer/director of the stoner road movie, Richard Frankland has been heavily critical of the Classification Review Board’s decision to give Stone Bros. a MA15+ rating.

In its fourth week, road movie Charlie & Boots is fast approaching the $3 million mark and rapidly gaining on Samson and Delilah at the top of the box office.    

Ana Kokkinos’ disturbing family drama, Blessed has taken $56,300 on its third weekend at the box office for a screen average of $3,345.

The total box office takings for local releases is $15,989,716.



Film  Budget   Distributor   Opening w/e  Weeks  Box Office 
Samson and Delilah  $1.6m   Para/Trans/Footprint   $        199,163 21  $    3,170,217
Charlie & Boots  $9m est.   Paramount/Transmission   $        809,279 4  $    2,957,273
Mary and Max  $8m   Icon   $          217,176 15  $      1,444,617
Beautiful Kate  $6m   Roadshow   $        273,582 8  $    1,431,219
Disgrace  $10m   Icon   $        209,014 13  $    1,164,442
Balibo  $4.5m   Para/Trans/Footprint   $        206,290 7  $    1,131,759
My Year Without Sex  $3.8m   Para/Trans/Footprint   $        177,522 18  $    1,125,410
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  $          364,238
Wake in Fright  $  700,000  Madman   $          25,446 14  $        304,329
Two Fists, One Heart  $8.5m   BVI   $            96,999 2  $          295,500
Blessed  $4m   Icon   $          67,186 3  $        274,061
Cedar Boys  $1.36m   Hoyts/Mushroom   $            74,793 5  $          204,160
Subdivision  $4m est.   BVI   $            86,649 3  $          190,500
Van Diemen’s Land    Madman   $          39,939 1  $          60,354
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
The Marriage of Figaro  $  400,000  Figaro Films/ For Pete’s Sake Productions   $          13,693 2  $          32,584
Lake Mungo    Darclight films   $              9,730 5  $            29,850
Lucky Country  $2m est.   Para/Trans/Footprint   $            11,413 4  $            26,141
Stone Bros.    Australian Film Syndicate   $          22,702 1  $          22,702
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  $              7,416

 

 

 

 

 

 

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