The Internship socks After Earth

17 June, 2013 by Don Groves

Faced with a choice between a post-Apocalyptic science-fiction thriller and a broad American comedy last weekend, Australian cinemagoers chose the latter.

The Internship, the Googleplex-set caper starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, raked in $2.3 million in its opening frame, beating After Earth, the father-and-son survival saga featuring Will Smith and Jaden Smith, which made $1.8 million.

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That was a reversal of their US debuts where the M. Night Shyamalan-directed After Earth fetched $27.5 million- a mediocre result for a film that cost $130 million- and The Internship collected $17.3 million.

One Australian exhibitor had a hunch the comedy with two popular actors would resonate more strongly than the sci-fi film which he derided as boring. That’s another dud for the director after The Last Airbender.

Neither opener could match the second weekend of Fast & Furious 6, which has amassed $20 million so far, or the third frame of The Great Gatsby, which has earned $19 million. Baz Luhrmann’s romantic drama has reached $140 million in the US and $300 million worldwide.

In the specialty arena writer-director Jeff Nichols’ Mud, a coming-of-age drama featuring Matthew McConaughey, Michael Shannon, Reese Witherspoon, Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland, unearthed a splendid $45,000 at just three cinemas.

However there was a muted response to A Lady in Paris, which follows Jeanne Moreau as a retired Estonian expatriate who tries to win back her former younger lover; it took $36,000 on 17 screens.

      WEEKEND BOX OFFICE  June 13-16

 

 

 

Title

 

Week/ Screens

 

Box Office

 

% +-

 

Total

 

1

Fast & Furious 6

2/490

$4,683,316

-58

$20,124,478

2

The Great Gatsby

3/566

2,772,002

-39

19,243,743

3

The Internship

1/263

2,318,571

NA

2,318,571

4

Despicable Me 2

PV/395

2,177,245

NA

2,177,245

5

After Earth

1/258

1,875,029

NA

1,971,102

6

The Hangover Part 111

4/303

836,395

-57

20,241,593

7

Star Trek Into Darkness

6/167

246,758

-60

15,973,254

8

Iron Man 3

8/93

126,588

-70

39,169,421

9

The Place Beyond the Pines

6/56

71,167

-48

2,745,808

10

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

4/26

70,464

-23

527,820

Source: Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia

 

 

 

 

 

 

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