The second Australian feature film shown at cinemas this year has posted a disappointing result in its opening weekend.
Western Australian film Wasted On The Young, written and directed by first-time feature filmmaker Ben C. Lucas, made just $52,118 from 54 screens, giving it a low screen average of $965.
Despite positive reviews, this is a disappointing result for the Paramount film, which ramped up its television advertising campaign over the weekend being seen in primetime.
The film, shot by cinematographer Dan Freene on the Panavision Genesis, tells the story of a traumatic high school incident that sets off a fatal chain of events for two brothers.
Starring Oliver Ackland (The Proposition) and Adelaide Clemens (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), the film has sold to overseas territories including the US, UK and Korea.
In other local box office news, Warner Bros’ latest flick Hall Pass rose to the number one spot, taking almost $2 million from 305 screens while Universal’s The Adjustment Bureau took $1.79 million from 242 screens.
Disney’s I Am Number Four had a 42 per cent drop on its opening weekend, but still made $1.3 million from 341 screens.
After netting the Best Picture Oscar last week, The King’s Speech continued to rake in Aussie dollars, taking a further $1.08 million from 239 screens – a 3 per cent increase on last week ($1.04 million).
The movie – through awards and word of mouth – has now made more than $27 million in Australia and an estimated $123.8 million in the US.
See the current edition of IF magazine for a full feature on Wasted On The Young.