Box Office: Wild Things continues to climb

14 December, 2009 by IF

By Adam Coleman

Spike Jonze’s Australian-made feature, Where the Wild Things Are has continued to perform well at the Australian box office, taking more than $1 million on its second weekend.

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Shot on location in Victoria, Where the Wild Things Are took $1,101,416 on 263 screens for a screen average of $4,188. The film has now grossed more than $3.4 million here and close to $US76 million in the US, where it opened on October 16.

The highest grossing Australian film at the local box office over the weekend was Scott Hicks’ family chamber piece, The Boys Are Back, which on its fifth weekend returned $58,910, down 44 per cent from last weekend.

Next was Bruce Beresford’s Mao’s Last Dancer, which took $57,353 on its 11th weekend, down 34 per cent from last weekend and adding to an impressive total that is nearing $15 million.

An adaptation of dancer Li Cunxin’s autobiography, Mao’s Last Dancer is now the 12th highest grossing Australian film of all time at the local box office.

It seems likely it will stay that way with momentum for the film now slowing and with the 11th highest grossing Australian film ever at the local box office, Muriel’s Wedding seemingly out of reach on $15.7 million.

Arguably the last big Australian release of the year is Bright Star – Jane Campion’s ballad about the romantic poet, John Keats – which will be released in Australia on December 26, having already taken more than $US4.4 million at the US box office.

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
11
$14,828,453
Charlie & Boots
 $8m est.
 Paramount/Transmission
$810,270
15
$3,853,928
Samson and Delilah
 $1.6m
 Para/Trans/Footprint
$199,163
22
$3,173,103
The Boys are Back
 $16m
 Hopscotch
$473,339
5
$1,940,148
Beautiful Kate
 $6m
 Roadshow
$273,582
19
$1,617,305
Mary and Max
 $8m
 Icon
$217,176
15
$1,444,617
Balibo
 $4.5m
 Para/Trans/Footprint
$206,290
18
$1,328,274
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
$800,000
 Madman
$39,939
12
$288,941
Subdivision
 $4m est.
 BVI
$86,649
3
$206,350
Cedar Boys
 $1.36m
 Hoyts/Mushroom
$74,793
5
$204,160
Stone Bros.
 $3.3m
 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
3
$81,145
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
2
$8,495
Bad Bush
$180,000
 VVVF
$1,909
 
$3,961
Salvation
 
 Hopscotch
$2,262
1
$3,182
Prey
 $3.5m
 Damage Releasing
$1,089
 
$1,089
 
 
 
 
 
$32,446,789
* In 1971. Not including $800,000 in restoration costs.
 
 
 
 
Lake Mungo figure direct from distributor Paul Brennan Oct 30, 2009
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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