Mutants dominate at the BO with angry birds and superheroes close behind

22 May, 2016 by Harry Windsor

X-Men: Apocalypse.


Sequels, reboots and game spinoffs dominated the Australian box office last week, with Fox's X-Men: Apocalypse coming in ahead of The Angry Birds Movie, Captain America: Civil War, Bad Neighbours 2 and Disney's The Jungle Book.

The latest installment of the X-Men series, again directed by Bryan Singer, bowed on 272 screens and rang up around $6.4 million over the weekend.

In second place, The Angry Birds Movie dropped twenty-eight percent in its second week for weekend takings of $1.9 million, bringing its cume to over $5 million off 246 screens.

Captain America: Civil War dropped fifty-four percent in its fourth week, pulling in close to $1.8 million over the weekend. The superhero extravaganza has so far made $31.3 million.

Bad Neighbours 2 dropped thirty-eight percent for weekend takings of just over $1 million, and has accumulated $6.3 million in three weeks thus far.

Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book is still going strong after six weeks, dropping thirty percent to bring its cume to $28.6 million, making about the same over the weekend as Paramount's Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, starring Margot Robbie and Tina Fey, which has notched up $1.6 million overall in two weeks.

eOne's Florence Foster Jenkins is clearly playing to the King's Speech crowd, though not as well as might have been expected, bringing in $2.6 million in three weeks, while Garry Marshall's Mother's Day is dropping fast but has still made $5.5 million in four weeks on the strength of its stars, Julia Roberts and Kate Hudson.

Fox's Eddie the Eagle has made $7.7 million in five weeks, while Icon's The Man Who Knew Infinity is sitting on $983,633 after three.

Outside of Captain America, X-Men and Angry Birds, the highest per-cinema average belonged to The Meddler, starring Rose Byrne and Susan Sarandon as mother and daughter, which debuted on 17 screens and averaged $5,983 per location.

Matthew Saville's A Month of Sundays remains the best of the local titles, ringing up $72,565 over the weekend to bring its overall takings to $614,653, while Jennifer Peedom's Sherpa, now in its eighth week, made $30,107 over the weekend and has tallied $1,155,350 overall.