Dystopian teen drama draws crowds

23 March, 2015 by Emily Blatchford

The second instalment of a planned four-part film series, Insurgent, topped the Australian box office over the weekend with opening takings of $4,076,631.

Based on Veronica Roth’s young-adult dystopian books, Insurgent picks off where its predecessor, Divergent, left off, following Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) on the run from leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite, Jeanine (Kate Winslet).

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Distributed by eOne, Insurgent was shown over 268 screens. 

Next on the box office chart is Fox’s Home, also in its opening week, which earned $3,053,401 over 250 screens (including previews), according to a report released by Rentrak.

Home is 3D computer-animated comedy that follows the friendly but inept alien race called the Boov who are looking to relocate to a new planet.
Focus, which last week topped the list at number one, has slid to third spot with a taking of $1,093,540 over 237 screens in its third week of release.

Distributed by Warner Bros, the film has so far amassed $7,030,424.

Fox’s The Second Best Marigold Hotel continues to draw audiences in its fourth week of release, scooping $1,075,516 across 310 screens. The sequel to 2011’s surprise hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has so far taken $13,259,282 at the Australian box office.

Not as successful was Warner Bros’ Run All Night, which failed to hit the $1 million mark over its opening weekend. The Liam Neeson thriller took $755,667 over 175 screens.

Futuristic sci-fi Chappie scooped $643,763 in its second week of release, taking its total earnings to $2,441,873, while Fox’s Kingsman: The Secret Service continues its successful run well into week seven. The action comedy has proved to be a hit with Aussie audiences, earning $446,129 over the weekend and amassing $17,211,422 so far.

Fifty Shades of Grey is showing signs of cooling off in its sixth week of release, taking $206,942 over 240 screens.

Children’s animated film Shaun the Sheep had a promising weekend of preview screenings, taking $188,989 over 174 screens, while Roadshow’s Big Eyes didn’t fare quite as well, earning $162,182 over only 45 screens in its opening weekend.

It should be noted that 11th place went to Australian documentary That Sugar Film, which took $131,837 in its fourth week, taking the total Aus box office to $548,586. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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