Elysium conquers Australia

19 August, 2013 by IF

Sci-fi drama Elysium proved far more alluring than crass road comedy We’re The Millers at Australian cinemas last weekend.

Matt Damon’s top-billing no doubt contributed to Elysium’s four-day opening of $3.46 million, which boosted total earnings to $3.7 million including the takings last Wednesday in Queensland.

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Writer-director Neill Blomkamp’s follow-up to District 9 is set in on a post-Apocalyptic Earth in 2154 and stars Damon as a reformed car thief who fantasises about escaping to a floating space station named Elysium.

Crime caper Now You See Me ranked second, falling by a reasonable 36% to $2.3 million in its second frame, propelling its earnings to $8 million.

We’re The Millers, which stars Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis who pretend to be a couple to smuggle dope across the Mexican border, fetched $2.3 million, and $2.6 million including the early start in Queensland.

In the art house arena, Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha, a dramedy about the career and friendships of a poor, aspiring dancer (Greta Gerwig), drew a solid $107,000 on 20 screens. The film had a nice bump on Sunday which suggests it’s getting good word- of-mouth.

Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Dobaara, a sequel to a 2010 Bollywood romance starring Akshay Kumar as a Mumbai gangster, misfired, taking $68,000.

      WEEKEND BOX OFFICE Aug 15-18

 

 

 

Title

 

Week/ Screens

 

Box Office

 

% +-

 

Total

 

1

Elysium

1/317

$3,474,793

NA

$3,674,977

2

Now You See Me

2/265

2,582,830

-35

8,073,194

3

We’re the Millers

1/342

2,303,057

NA

2,625,032

4

The Wolverine

4/275

703,282

-54

14,673,051

5

Pain & Gain

2/210

580,286

-67

2,874,602

6

The Conjuring

5/185

515,232

-41

8,053,270

7

The Heat

6/182

337,151

-56

14,610,474

8

Despicable Me 2

9/182

236,473

-28

35,131,231

9

Behind the Candelabra

4/109

204,751

-37

2,307,152

10

The World’s End

3/165

183,500

-63

2,298,186

Source: Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia

 

 

 

 

 

 

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