The Great Gatsby is a record breaker

04 June, 2013 by Don Groves

Pundits who predicted The Great Gatsby would rake in at least $6 million in its first four days in Australian cinemas were right on the money. 

Baz Luhrmann’s reinterpretation of the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel earned $6.78 million on 587 screens- a record opening weekend for an Australian film, boosted by the premium ticket price for 3D screenings.

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That beat Happy Feet’s $6.6 million and Baz’s Australia which did $6.4 million. Australian exhibitors were delighted with the result and expect the film to hold strongly in its second weekend, buoyed by the June 10 public holiday.

One programmer noted the romantic drama is almost the only mainstream film pitched primarily at females in a sea of male-dominated titles such as The Hangover Part III, Iron Man 3 and the upcoming Fast & Furious 6. Gatsby’s worldwide total has topped $248 million, including $128.5 million in the US. 

The final edition of The Hangover franchise pocketed $4.3 million in its second weekend in Oz, down 51%, bringing the total to $15.6 million, although tracking well below the predecessor.

Two genre movies opened last weekend and both were duds: horror spoof A Haunted House and Sinister, a supernatural horror movie starring Ethan Hawke as a true-crime writer who discovers a box of home movies that puts his family in danger.

On the art house circuit, Happiness Never Comes Alone, a French comedy featuring Gad Elmaleh and Sophie Marceau, fetched a ho-hum $67,000 on 19 screens. 

      WEEKEND BOX OFFICE  May 30-June 2

 

 

 

Title

 

Week/ Screens

 

Box Office

 

% +-

 

Total

 

1

The Great Gatsby

1/587

$6,789,897

NA

$7,223,120

2

The Hangover Part 111

2/499

4,367,878

-51

15,663,131

3

Star Trek Into Darkness

4/392

1,167,025

-36

14,448,264

4

Iron Man 3

6/180

847,472

-31

38,101,996

5

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

1/16

267,920

NA

267,920

6

The Call

3/159

254,596

-38

2,001,669

7

The Place Beyond the Pines

4/67

193,702

-39

2,401,785

8

Snitch

3/133

163,075

-48

1,552,496

9

The Croods

10/126

134,922

+1

24,936,743

10

A Haunted House

1/82

117,325

NA

117,325

Source: Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia

 

 

 

AUSTRALIAN FILMS SCORECARD 2013

 

 

 

Title

 

Release Date

 

Total

1

The Great Gatsby

 May 30

$7,223,120

 

2

Goddess

March 14

1,587,751

 

3

Return to Nim’s Island

April 4

1,195,972

 

4

Drift

May 2

857,821

 

5

Save Your Legs!

Feb 28

379,883

 

6

Blinder

March 7

101,027

 

                    Source:  Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia

 

 

 

 

 

 

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