Chick flick knocks off Spidey

28 April, 2014 by

Australian cinemagoers preferred watching a chick flick about vengeful females to the latest adventures of Spider-Man in a surprising result last weekend.

Less surprising was the mediocre opening of Johnny Depp’s sci-fi thriller Transcendence, which was only marginally better than its dud debut in the US the previous weekend.

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Box-office takings stayed strong with a haul of $18.6 million, off just 10% on the Easter weekend, according to Rentrak’s estimates.

The curiosity of the frame was 3D Naked Ambition, a raunchy Hong Kong comedy about a frustrated sex writer whose popularity is waning in the era of free internet porn, which scored a lusty $121,000 on 15 screens.

The top title was The Other Woman, the only wide release targeted at females. The Nick Cassavetes-directed comedy which follows three women (Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton) as they plot revenge against a philandering husband/lover (Nikolai Coster-Waldau), grabbed $4.3 million in its second weekend, up 8%, which brings the total to $11.2 million.

“We need more of these female-targeted films,” said one exhibitor, who noted Fox’s film is “going gangbusters.”

Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro tumbled by 39% to nearly $3.3 million, raking in $11.4 million in 11 days. At that rate the sequel may be hard pressed to match the predecessor, which wound up earning $17.4 million in 2012.

The LEGO Movie continued on its merry way, whistling up $2.7 million in its fourth outing while easing by 17%, propelling its tally to $27.1 million.

The clear favourite among adult audiences, Fox's The Grand Budapest Hotel boosted its takings fractionally to $1.6 million after adding 50 screens in its third sojourn, collecting $6.8 million so far.

Transcendence, the Johnny Depp/Morgan Freeman/Rebecca Hall starrer which marked the directing debut of Chris Nolan’s cinematographer Wally Pfister, fetched $1.37 million.

US pundits mostly blamed the $10.8 million US debut on Pfister being out of his depth in wrangling a $100 million movie with a complex storyline and noted that Depp, mostly seen here as a computer image on a computer screen, didn’t open the film in the way that highly paid stars are supposed to.

Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier declined by 26% to $1.3 million in its fourth orbit, amassing $18.3 million.

Jatt James Bond, a Hindi romantic thriller directed by Rohit Jugraj, is no 007, launching with $99,000 on 30 screens.

The Crossing, Julian Harvey’s feature documentary which tracks two Aussie adventurers who tried to drag their home-made kayaks more than 1,000 km across a remote island in the Arctic, opened on three screens in limited sessions, making $3,900, and $8,300 including prior screenings.

Aaron Wilson's debut feature, WWII drama Canopy, drummed up $13,360 on 11 screens. However distributor Odin's Eye Entertainment says word of mouth is very good – which, in a film with so few words spoken throughout, is pleasantly ironic.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE April 24-27

 

 

 

Title

 

Week/ Screens

 

Box Office

 

% +-

 

Total

 

1

The Other Woman

2/310

$4,345,633

+8

$11,234,595

2

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

2/525

3,285,059

-39

11,462,841

3

The LEGO Movie

4/402

2,692,416

-17

27,157,750

4

                   The Grand Budapest Hotel

3/175

1,611,727

+1

 6,848,973

5

Transcendence

1/238

1,377,621

NA

1,377,621

6

Captain America 2

4/440

1, 326,500

-26

18,300,200

7

Divergent

3/245

1,257,597

-20

8,871,092

8

Mr Peabody & Sherman

5/271

970,529

-3

12,386,274

9

Muppets Most Wanted

3/250

645,609

-1

3,877,277

10

Noah

5/164

310,556

-48

12,122,036

Source: Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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