Rio fends off Scream 4 at the Australian Box Office

18 April, 2011 by Sam Dallas

Slasher flick Scream 4 could not scare off 3D animated hit Rio in its opening weekend at the Aussie box office.

Scream 4 – a highly-anticipated sequel which reunites director Wes Craven and his cast from the original – couldn’t put the knife into the Fox animated film, but still made almost $1.8 million from 187 screens, giving it a healthy average of $9619.

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Universal’s Paul, written by and starring Shaun of the Dead legends Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, took in almost $2.2 million from 203 screens in its opening weekend, giving it a big average of $10,813, however it also fell to Rio.

Rio, featuring the voices of Anne Hathaway (The Devil Wears Prada) and Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, Zombieland), had a 33 per cent increase on opening weekend, and raked in more than $3 million across 467 screens, giving it a screen average of $6546.

Another animated hit Hop, which had a massive opening in North America with $US37.5 million, came in third in its second weekend, making $2.1 million from 256 screens. 

Meanwhile Warner Bros’ action fantasy film Sucker Punch, which local vendor Animal Logic worked on, took in $884,460 from 248 screens and dark fantasy flick Red Riding Hood, shot by Melbourne cinematographer Mandy Walker, made just $227,871 in its fourth week.

The only Aussie film at the local box office, Griff The Invisible, made $2606 from just one screen. Since opening on March 17, the Paramount/Transmission quirky rom-com has made $198,072.

Mars Needs Moms, distributed by Walt Disney, continued its dismal run making just $70,883 across 109 screens in its first weekend in Australia, giving it a low screen average of $650.

Films opening this week include Fast and the Furious 5, Arthur and Thor.
 

Australian films at the local box office:

Film
 Budget
 Distributor
 Opening w/e
 Box Office
Sanctum
$30m
Universal
$1,595,021
$3,838,154
Wasted On The Young
 
Paramount
$52,118
$138,724
Griff The Invisible
$2m
Paramount/Transmission
$66,344
$198,072
The Reef
$3.8m
Pinnacle Films
$58,196
$124,764
A Heartbeat Away
$7m
Hoyts
$44,204
$118,658

 Source: MPDAA, IF

 

 

 

 

 

 

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