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Harry Potter and Bad Teacher top the local Box Office
[Mon 25/07/2011 04:57:58]
By Sam Dallas
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 continued its dominance at the Australian box office on the weekend, raking in another $7.9 million across 759 screens.
In its second week of release, the epic fantasy film – the last in the series and the first to be shown in 3D after being converted in post-production – had an impressive screen average of $10,532.
Based on the popular J.K. Rowling books, the eighth film has posted the biggest box office opening day and opening week in Australian history.
The Warner Bros series has now edged out George Lucas’ Star Wars to become the top-grossing franchise of all time.
In other box office news, Bad Teacher – starring Hollywood leading lady Cameron Diaz – opened in second place, grossing $2.9 million across 242 screens, giving it a high screen average of $12,090.
The black comedy, which has had mixed reviews, shows Diaz in a different light to her good-girl persona – known for such flicks as There’s Something About Mary and Charlie's Angels – as she takes drugs, curses children and generally behaves “bad”.
Transformers: Dark Of The Moon continued to rake in money for Paramount, earning $1.5 million across 424 screens, while Bridesmaids and Larry Crowne rounded out this weekend’s top five taking in $1.1 million and $786,168 respectively.
Australian/UK co-production Oranges and Sunshine, about the secret scandal of British children sent to Australia, took in a further $108,888 from 81 screens in its seventh week. It has now grossed $3.5 million locally.
Feel-good documentary Mrs Carey’s Concert, distributed by Music Films, made $18,190 in its 13th week across 15 screens. Madman’s Snowtown made a further $11,841 from 11 screens in its tenth week, while Cannes hit Sleeping Beauty grossed $9648 across 7 screens.
Aussie films Big Mamma's Boy and Needle both open this Thursday, alongside blockbuster Captain America, action-thriller Hanna and Robert Redford film The Conspirator.