Rusty answers exhibitors’ prayers

31 March, 2014 by Don Groves

The prolonged Australian box-office drought is over, thanks to Darren Aronofsky’s Biblical epic Noah and animated comedy Mr Peabody & Sherman.

Audiences turned out en masse for the tale starring Russell Crowe as the man chosen by God to save the innocent so the evil and corrupt will perish as a cataclysmic flood covers the Earth.

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Noah raked in $4.5 million to easily win the weekend, the  biggest non-holiday opening for 2014 and Paramount’s biggest for the year to-date. That's in line with the impressive US debut of $US43.7 million, the biggest debut ever for Crowe in the US.

DreamWorks Animation’s Mr Peabody & Sherman, a comedy about a genius beagle who roams the world in his time machine with an orphan infant he’s adopted, fetched $2.4 million in its first four days. Including $1.3 million in previews from the prior weekend which Fox did not report, that brings the total to $3.77 million.

Those two titles boosted the overall B.O. by 27% to $12 million, delighting exhibitors who are expecting another surge from the launches this Thursday of The LEGO Movie and Disney’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

The Monuments Men is hanging in, earning $1.2 million in its third frame, off 31%, propelling its tally to nearly $6.9 million. Buddy cop comedy Ride Along dropped by 34% to $613,000, scoring a moderate $1.8 million in 11 days.

John Curran's Tracks is losing screens and sessions in its fourth weekend, making $120,000, which brings its earnings to $2.06 million.

The Raid 2, Gareth Evans’ actioner about a Jakarta cop who goes undercover in jail to befriend the son of a mob boss, kicked off with a mediocre $70,000 at 19 screens. That’s well below the first Raid which launched on 42 screens in 2012 and wound up with $302,000.

Despite all the hype and notoriety over the explicit sex in Nymphomania, Lars von Trier’s four-hour drama caused few ripples as it bowed in 10 cinemas, making $41,000.

Half of a Yellow Sun, a Nigerian-set romantic drama about twin sisters, which stars 12 Years a Slave’s Chiwetel Ejiofor, got great reviews and copious publicity but that wasn’t reflected in the modest $34,000 debut on 24 screens.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE March 27-30

 

 

 

Title

 

Week/ Screens

 

Box Office

 

% +-

 

Total

 

1

Noah

1/387

$4,522,634

NA

$4,522,634

2

Mr Peabody & Sherman

1/508

2,437,999

NA

3,778,343

3

The Monuments Men

3/341

1,191,693

-31

6,871,911

4

Ride Along

2/135

613,004

-34

 1,808,600

5

Need for Speed

3/240

589,753

-38

3,759,226

6

300: Rise of an Empire

4/297

 442,371

-52

8,163,686

7

Pompeii

2/174

291,885

-54

1,187,867

8

Non-Stop

5/115

271,883

-31

5,540,401

9

Cuban Fury

2/179

159,609

-49

688,222

10

The Wolf of Wall Street

10/44

159,367

-29

23,168,716

Source: Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia

 

 

 

 

 

 

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