Maggie Smith sees off Grimsby, big debuts for 10 Cloverfield Lane, Love Punjab

13 March, 2016 by Harry Windsor

The Lady in the Van.

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Maggie Smith beat all comers at the local box office last week, leaving upstarts Grimsby and Deadpool in her wake as The Lady in the Van pulled in more than $1.6 million over the weekend. 

That's a mere twenty-one percent drop from last week. The film, directed by Nicholas Hytner, has now rung up $5.1 million in Australia in two weeks.

Sacha Baron Cohen's Grimsby was next best, debuting on 247 screens for and making more than $1.5 million.

Grimsby narrowly pipped Deadpool, now in its fifth week and going strong on 267 screens.

The Ryan Reynolds-starring superhero comedy dropped thirty-eight percent over the weekend, and is about to crack $40 million at the local BO.

Paramount's 10 Cloverfield Lane, produced by J.J. Abrams, debuted on 212 screens, with a per-cinema average of $6,489 – higher per-screen than The Lady in the Van, Deadpool and Grimsby.

The Dan Trachtenberg-directed thriller made over $1.4 million in its opening weekend off the back of strong reviews and a canny campaign that intrigued punters.

WB's How To Be Single, starring Rebel Wilson and Dakota Johnson, came in fifth, currently on 256 screens after four weeks. The comedy dropped thirty-five percent to ring up $862,515 at the weekend BO, bringing its total to $9.3 million.

In previews at 157 locations, Disney's Zootopia, already a huge hit in the States, raked in $537,271 from Friday to Sunday.

The highest per-cinema averages belonged to two films debuting at the local BO – Rajiv Dhingra's Love Punjab and another Punjabi film, Gippy Grewal's Ardaas.

On 27 screens, Love Punjab pulled in $406,601 – $15,059 per location, compared to The Lady in the Van's $6,183.

Ardaas debuted on fifteen screens, and had a similarly whopping per-cinema average of $15,184, for a cume of $213,252.

The Coens' Hail, Caesar! has made $3.1 million in three weeks, while holdovers Spotlight and Brooklyn remained strongs after seven and five weeks in cinemas respectively.

Spotlight dropped twenty-five percent to bring its total to over $4.8 million, while Brooklyn dropped even less – twenty-three percent – to bring its pot to $5.1 million.

Alex Proyas' Gods of Egypt has made $2.2 million in three weeks, while John Hillcoat's Triple 9 has made $828,460 after two. 

Craig Gillespie's The Finest Hours has made a measly $425,254 after two weeks. The film will cost Disney $75 million, CEO Bob Iger told investors last week – though the studio won't exactly struggle to absorb it.

In previews on fifty-five screens, Simon Stone's The Daughter made $116,400 – a per-cinema average of $2,080.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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