Modest start for The World’s End

05 August, 2013 by Don Groves

Box-office takings slumped in Australia last weekend as audiences seemed to tire of the almost non-stop flood of male-skewed films released since May.

So it wasn' a propitious time for the arrivals of British sci-fi comedy The World's End or Australian black comedy/horror pic 100 Bloody Acres.

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The World's End, the saga of a lads' night out which is ruined by crazy, robot-like aliens, opened with $1.1 million. That's less than the debut of Hot Fuzz, the previous collaboration by director Edgar Wright and stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, which took $1.3 million six years ago. The publicity tour by Wright and the two leads might have been expected to translate to a stronger entry.

The feature debut of the brothers Colin and Cameron Cairnes, 100 Bloody Acres launched at six cinemas, taking less than $7,000 at the weekend, after one-session previews in Melbourne, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.

The top title was The Wolverine, which tumbled by 47% to $3.2 million in its second weekend, bringing the total to $11 million. That's a better hold than in the US where the Hugh Jackman starrer plunged by 59% in its second outing, earning $US95 million so far.

James Wan's The Conjuring had another remarkably strong hold, off just 16%, taking $1.3 million in its third frame, boosting its tally to nearly $6 million.

The Way Way Back, a coming-of-age comedy starring Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Sam Rockwell and Liam James, opened with a fair $441,000 after earning $127,000 in previews.

Favourable word-of-mouth resulted in a sparkling second weekend for Behind the Candelabra, which raked in nearly $500,000 (down 18%), propelling its cumulative total to $1.4 million.

Greetings from Tim Buckley, which chronicles the days leading up to Jeff Buckley's performance at a 1991 concert that honoured his late musician father Tim Buckley, misfired, taking $13,258 at 13 screens.

      WEEKEND BOX OFFICE Aug 1-4

 

 

 

Title

 

Week/ Screens

 

Box Office

 

% +-

 

Total

 

1

The Wolverine

2/581

$3,261,365

-47

$11,060,614

2

The Conjuring   

3/170

1,364,543

-16

5,973,493

3

The Heat

4/279

1,295,749

-27

12,856,198

4

This World’s End

1/224

1,077,530

NA

1,097,194

5

This is the End

3/223

884,830

-34

6,510,467

6

Behind the Candelabra

2/104

497,299

-18

1,435,124

7

Despicable Me 2

7/229

468,009

-32

34,382,145

8

Pacific Rim

4/240

464,121

-33

7,644,321

9

The Way Way Back

1/124

441,860

NA

568,706

10

Man of Steel

6/147

242,351

-50

24,069,675

Source: Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia

 

 

 

 

 

 

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