Pitch Perfect 2 hits the right note
Pitch Perfect 2 romped it in at the Australian box office, scooping over $10 million in its opening week.
The sequel to the 2012 hit once again follows the all-girl a capella group The Barden Bellas, who are disgraced and banned from competing in America after one of their group members Fat Amy (Australia’s Rebel Wilson) suffers an unfortunate costume malfunction while performing for President Obama.
In a bid to redeem themselves, they must compete at the World Championships in Copenhagen and win – something no American team has ever done before.
Distributed in Australia by Universal, Pitch Perfect 2 scored $9,419,201 over 427 screens ($10,028,420 in total, including previews and special screenings), pushing Avengers: Age of Ultron to second place.
Still going strong in its third week, Walt Disney’s superhero-studded Avengers sequel raked in $3,473,123 over 584 screens, taking its Aus box office total to a hefty $34,025,648.
From there it was a sizable drop to Unfriended, the teen horror centred on a group of friends who are attacked by their deceased friend through the internet, a medium which caused her to take her own life the previous year when an unflattering video of her drunk and passed out went viral.
The Universal gorefest took $585,846 in its second week across 184 locations, taking its Aus box office tally to $2,176,606.
Fast and Furious 7 continues to draw audiences in week number six; with the latest instalment of the popular franchise raking in a neat $510,891 over 237 screens. The film, distributed by Universal, has amassed a massive $42,612,563 so far.
Documentary Cobain: Montage of Heck opened strongly for an independent film, taking $278,822 over 72 screens. The feature, directed by Brett Morgen (Cobain’s daughter, Frances, also serves as an Executive Producer) charts Cobain’s early days in Aberdeen, Washington to his success and downfall with the grunge band Nirvana. Distributed by Indies, it has taken a total of $280,386 (including previews and special screenings).
In its seventh week, Walt Disney’s Cinderella scooped $243,430 over 182 screens, taking the total Aus box office to $21,803,331; while eOne’s The Age of Adaline took $218,904 over 152 locations in its fourth week. The romance fantasy has amassed $2,346,598 so far.
Fox’s The Longest Ride came in next with $171,159 over 162 screens in its fifth week, taking its total up to $4,671,198; followed by Indian comedy-drama Piku. Distributed by Mindblowing Films, the plot centres on Piku (Deepika Padukone) and how she juggles her life as a successful architect and being a single parent to her 70-year old father Bhashkor Banerji (Amitabh Bachchan). It took $142,147 over only 15 screens in its opening weekend.
Last but not least is Roadshow’s While We’re Young, which took a tidy $133,909 across 56 locations. Now in its fourth week, the title has so far taken $1,267,862 at the Aus box office.
Figures are sourced from the Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia.