By Brendan Swift

Animated feature Toy Story 3 has cracked the $30 million mark at the box office in just its third weekend at cinemas.

It marks Disney's second major hit this year after Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland took $37.56 million. Only one Disney film passed the $20 million mark the previous year – the animated feature UP, which took just under $28 million.

Toy Story 3's $6.36 million box office gross on the weekend was just 1 per cent lower than the previous week. The film was shown across 469 screens, pushing its screen average to $13,563. It has now grossed $30.29 million in total.

Meanwhile, the Hoyts-distributed The Twilight Saga: Eclipse posted a 58 per cent drop in its second week after taking almost $5.4 million across 533 screens. It has now grossed $23.15 million.

Sony's remake of The Karate Kid took $3.69 million in its opening weekend across 241 screens to post the strongest screen average of $15,297. Including previews, it has taken almost $6.75 million.

Among Australian films, crime drama Animal Kingdom continues to perform strongly, adding $250,185 in its sixth week. That amount, posted across 66 screens, represented a 21 per cent drop.

Adoption drama The Waiting City, which stars Joel Edgerton and Radha Mitchell, opened with $31,991 in preview screenings ahead of its release this Thursday.

Australian films at the box office 2010

Film
Budget
Distributor
Opening w/e
Box Office
Bran Nue Dae
$6.5m
Roadshow
$1,612,102
$7,565,476
The Kings of Mykonos…
$6m est.
Paramount/Transmission
$1,828,902
$4,886,658
Animal Kingdom
$5m est.
Madman
$604,139
$4,046,166
Beneath Hill 60
$9.5m
Paramount/Transmission
$548,694
$3,194,417
Daybreakers
$20m est.
Hoyts
$1,064,244
$2,448,050
I Love You Too
$6m
Roadshow
$113,483
$2,359,478
Bright Star
$16.7m est.
Roadshow/Hopscotch
$2,157,601
Accidents Happen
$6.5m est.
Hopscotch
$39,721
$153,179
Love, Lust & Lies
Beyond Entertainment
$20,674
$134,949
Lou
Kojo Pictures
$27,371
$55,942
Girl Clock!
$1m
Self-distributed
$8,857
$43,434
Separation City
$4.8m
Hoyts
$15,278
$32,159
The Waiting City
$2m
Hopscotch
$31,991
Triangle
$8m est.
Icon
$6,081
$11,282
Going Vertical
The Pack/Blue Sea Films
$3,879
$9,699
Savages Crossing
$3.5m
MediaKin/GAP
$4,432
$8,651
Playing For Charlie
The Pack
$2,665
$5,867
The Horseman
Umbrella Entertainment
$2,270
$2,270





Total



$27,147,269
Source: MPDAA, INSIDEFILM. Separation City is a NZ film. Bright Star released Dec 26, 2009; tally does not include 2009 box office.