Bran Nue Dae nears top 50
By Brendan Swift
Indigenous musical Bran Nue Dae is set to crack the top 50 Australian films of all time after posting $3.69 million after just two weeks at the local box office.
The film, which boasts an all-star cast including Jessica Mauboy and Geoffrey Rush, took another $1.08 million over the weekend across 232 screens. Its screen average has fallen from $6,978 in its first weekend to $4,661.
Bran Nue Dae now sits at number 53 on the all-time Australian box office list behind drama Little Fish ($3.83 million in 2005) and last year’s comedy road movie Charlie & Boots ($3.86 million).
The film will also be shown in this year’s upcoming Berlin International Film Festival’s Generation 14Plus section – a showcase of films for young people aged 14 years and over – after recently screening at the Sundance Film Festival and last year’s Toronto International Film Festival.
Despite the ongoing success of Bran Nue Dae, other Australian fare at the box office remains scarce.
Jane Campion’s romance Bright Star took a further $94,317 across 42 screens in its fifth weekend at the box office. It has now taken $2.45 million in Australia.
Meanwhile, the Spierig brothers vampire film Daybreakers has posted $US28.15 million since its release in the US on January 8.
It will be released in Australia by Hoyts on February 4.