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Goddess posts $512,445 opening weekend
[Mon 18/03/2013 04:02:02]
By Brendan Swift
Australian musical Goddess has opened to moderate box office business after posting $512,445 in its opening weekend.
The film, which stars Laura Michelle Kelly, Ronan Keating and Magda Szubanski, was shown on 207 screens, giving it a screen average of $2476. In total, the Roadshow-distributed film has grossed $514,013.
It has been a disappointing start to the year for Australian films after sporting movies Save Your Legs! and Blinder were also distributed widely but failed to find a similarly broad audience.
Australian musicals have had something of a revival in recent times. Bran Nue Dae (also distributed by Roadshow) opened with $1.61 million across 231 screens in 2009 while last year's smash hit, The Sapphires, opened with $2.34 million across 279 screens for eOne/Hopscotch. However, the Hoyts-distributed A Heartbeat Away posted just $44,204 across 77 screens when it opened in 2011.
Among all films shown last weekend, the highest grossing was Disney's Oz: The Great and Powerful, which took $2.97 million across 558 screens (for a screen average of $5330) in its second weekend. It was followed by The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (which opened with $1.09 million across 208 screens), 21 and Over ($600,231 across 170 screens), Goddess, and The Silver Linings Playbook ($480,965 across 187 screens).