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).


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.