The Maze Runner wins in Oz

22 September, 2014 by IF

In the end it was no contest: doomsday action- thriller The Maze Runner easily took line honours at Australian cinemas last weekend.

The adaptation of James Dashner's young adult novel starring Teen Wolf’s Dylan O'Brien as a young man whose memory is erased before being dropped into a post-apocalyptic maze, grabbed $3.7 million including previews.

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Pro-rata, that’s even stronger than the US debut of $US32.5 million and it positions the Fox film to clean up during the school vacation.

Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was a distant second, conjuring up $2.3 million in its second weekend, bringing the tally to $9.9 million. With a total of three weeks’ vacation ahead around Australia, the Turtles could end up with as much as $20 million.

However business fell away badly beneath the top 10 as nationwide takings inched up by 1% to $10.7 million according to Rentrak’s estimates.

Disney’s Planes: Fire & Rescue fetched a mediocre $623,000 in its debut after taking $277,000 in previews but should rally as primary school kids head to cinemas.

Stop-motion animated pic The Boxtrolls, from the studio that made Coraline and ParaNorman, fared even worse, opening with $578,000 and $657,000 with previews. One exhibitor had low expectations, describing the film as “dark, scary and humourless.”

After tanking in the US, Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’s lousy $339,000 bow is no surprise for a film which critics say tries to replicate the first instalment of 2005 and fails.

Phillip Noyce's The Giver plunged by 56% to $299,000 in its second outing, raking in $1.2 million thus far, a disappointing result for an entertaining futuristic sci-fi thriller starring Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites and Odeya Rush. 

The House of Magic, a Belgian animated film about an abandoned kitty’s quest to save his zany adoptive household from the clutches of a heartless real estate agent, entered with a modest $139,000 including sneaks.

The art house curse seems to have struck again as Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here, a comedy-drama in which he plays an aspiring actor who’s married to Kate Hudson and whose dad is dying, took $94,000 on 33 screens. Including previews and festival screenings the total is a more respectable $161,000.

Another victim of the curse is Lukas Moodysson’s We Are the Best!, the saga of the friendship between three girls in Stockholm in 1982, which scraped up $13,000 at nine cinemas.
 

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE September 18-21

 

 

Title

 

Week/ Screens

 

Box Office

 

% +-

 

Total

 

1

The Maze Runner

1/305

$3,557,934

NA

$3,707,374

2

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

2/449

2,296,947

-48

9,902,902

3

Planes: Fire and Rescue

1/436

623,031

NA

982,772

4

         The Boxtrolls

1/326

578,548

NA

657,946

5

Step Up: All In

2/241

459,751

-43

1,489,813

6

Into the Storm

3/295

439,045

-56

4,415,230

7

Guardians of the Galaxy

7/134

428,267

-38

24,895,674

8

The Hundred-Foot Journey         

6/116

370,448

-36

10,772,406

9

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

1/121

333,842

NA

339,402

10

The Giver

2/206

298,921

-56

1,208,867

Source: Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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