Scarlett kicks butt

04 August, 2014 by Don Groves

Scarlett Johansson and Marvel’s comic book heroes gave the Australian B.O. a hefty one-two punch last weekend.

However it wasn’t a memorable frame for the more limited releases as A Most Wanted Man posted a middling screen average in its debut and The Keeper of Lost Causes and The Selfish Giant got lost.

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And, as IF reported, Roadshow’s tactic of going wide with Zak Hilditch’s These Final Hours backfired.

Nationwide, takings improved by 7% to $14.2 million, according to Rentrak's estimates,  but business fell away sharply beneath the top two titles. Johansson’s turn as a drug mule who develops superhuman mental powers worked a treat in Luc Besson’s Lucy, which raked in $4.6 million. Pro-rata, that’s even better than the sci-fi thriller’s $US43.9 million debut in the US the prior weekend.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, cult filmmaker James Gunn’s intergalactic comedy-adventure, grabbed $2.2 million from limited previews. That sets the scene for a blockbuster opening this Thursday, particularly in view of its $US94.3 million US bow, the third biggest of the year behind Transformers: Age of Extinction's $97.5 million and Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s $95 million.

The heavyweight invaders sent Hercules tumbling by 58% to $1.4 million in its second weekend, scoring $6 million so far. Cross-dressing comedy Mrs Brown's Boys D ‘Movie is wearing out its welcome, plunging by 47% to $955,000, which brings its 11-day tally to $3.4 million.

Horror/thriller Deliver Us from Evil lost nearly half its audience in its second weekend, typical for the genre, making $538,000 as it advanced to nearly $1.9 million.

Anton Corbijn’s A Most Wanted Man, a spy drama about a suspected terrorist on the loose in Hamburg, adapted by Andrew Bovell from the John le  Carré novel, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright, Rachel McAdams and Willem Dafoe, took $308,000 on 46 screens.

These Final Hours, the saga of a young guy who is en route to the party to end all parties on the last day on Earth when he meets a young girl searching for her father, fetched $207,000 at 164.

The Keeper of Lost Causes, a Danish thriller about a cop who investigates the cold case of a rising politician who's believed to have committed suicide while travelling on a ferry with her brain-damaged younger brother, took $52,000 on 28 and $64,000 with previews.

The Selfish Giant, a gritty drama about two mates, both school drop-outs in Bradford, and their misadventures with a local scrap dealer, scraped up less than $8,000 on eight screens.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE July 31-Aug 3

 

 

Title

 

Week/ Screens

 

Box Office

 

% +-

 

Total

 

1

Lucy

1/318

$4,660,979

NA

$4,660,979

2

Hercules

2/441

1,473,168

-58

6,010,168

3

Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie

2/267

955,540

-47

3,426,046

4

                  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

4/203

890,223

-50

16,972,012

5

Sex Tape

3/267

782,787

-46

6,009,518

6

Deliver Us From Evil

2/154

537,704

-46

1,873,121

7

A Most Wanted Man

1/46

307,754

-42

310,187

8

Jersey Boys

5/187

284,044

-46

7,175,699

9

How to Train Your Dragon 2

7/204

228,399

-46

25,840,830

10

These Final Hours

1/164

206,727

NA

213,983

Source: Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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